Compound Butters – Sweet and Savory

30 minutes
1 hour
4 jars
If you're looking for a cute homemade gift idea, you have to try making your own compound butter. They are incredibly easy to make, so versatile, and it's a fun activity to unleash some creative spirits!
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Compound Butters – Sweet and Savory

If you’re looking for a cute homemade gift idea, you have to try making your own compound butter. They are incredibly easy to make, so versatile, and it’s a fun activity to unleash some creative spirits!

This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter but all thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Moribyan’s kitchen possible.

In my opinion, the best kind of gift is a homemade one! You don’t always have to bake something from scratch, you could make a homemade jam or sauce. If you have a coworker, friend, or neighbor you want to gift something to, these compound butters are the perfect idea! We’re going to be making one savory butter (Cacio e Pepe) and one sweet butter (Blueberry Muffin).

Cacio E Pepe Butter

The only thing better than butter is butter AND cheese! For the savory butter, we are going to take the flavors of a classic pasta dish, cacio e pepe, and capture them in compound butter.

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • salted butter (room temp)
  • cracked black pepper
  • heavy whipping cream
  • pecorino romano

The MOST important ingredient in the list above obviously is Challenge Butter Salted Butter. Since butter is the star ingredient, we want to use the best of the best! It’s 100% natural made with milk from cows not treated with hormones and that freshness really comes through in these compound butters. There is so much creaminess and richness that you can just enjoy it with some toasted bread. Simple yet delicious! 

To a mixing bowl, add the room temperature salted butter, cracked black pepper, heavy whipping cream, and pecorino romano. Use a whisk attachment to beat together until fluffy and whipped. And that’s it! Now let’s prepare the sweet butter.

NOTE: You can also use unsalted butter. If you decide to do this, add flakey sea salt to taste, keeping in mind the cheese adds saltiness too.

Blueberry Muffin Browned Butter

I have been obsessed with absolutely everything blueberry! I add blueberries to my cereal bowls and parfaits, if I’m at a donut shop I’m getting the blueberry donut, and give me all the blueberry bagels. Anyways, you get the point. So when I was thinking of a recipe idea for the sweet butter, I knew I had to capture the flavors of a blueberry muffin in a compound butter. It’s like a spreadable blueberry muffin.

Here are the ingredients you need:

For the sweet version, we want to use Challenge Butter Unsalted Butter! Now what takes this recipe to the next level is brown butter. It is such a simple way to elevate any recipe! You basically cook the butter in a pan beyond its melting point until the milk solids start to toast. It unleashes a beautiful brown color to create a nutty, rich taste and aroma.

To a pan over medium heat, add the unsalted butter. Allow it to cook for about 5 to 8 minutes until it starts to brown. Make sure not to burn it. Transfer it to a bowl and transfer it to the fridge or freezer. This recipe requires the brown butter to be solid so let it cool until the consistency resembles room-temperature butter. Do not let it get cold or too hard or else you won’t be able to whip it.

Feel free to customize the sweetness to your taste. If you want it sweeter, add more light brown sugar. If you want it less sweet, keep it as is. If you want a stronger blueberry taste, add more freeze-dried blueberries.

How to Decorate the Jar

My favorite part of this whole recipe is not making the butter, not eating it, BUT decorating it! I absolutely love designing, I’ve always enjoyed doing fun little creative projects like this. In school, my favorite assignments were always arts and crafts projects.

Now of course you don’t have to do all of this if you are just trying to make the butter for yourself so you can skip all this! But if you want to decorate them to make them gifts, here is the shoppable post with everything linked.

If you love the labels I used, I designed them using a template on Canva and you can access it here. Just open it up, make a copy, and then you can edit however you need to.

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Compound Butter – Sweet and Savory

If you're looking for a cute homemade gift idea, you have to try making your own compound butters. They are incredibly easy to make, so versatile, and it's a fun activity to unlease some creative spirits.

If you're looking for a cute homemade gift idea, you have to try making your own compound butters. They are incredibly easy to make, so versatile, and it's a fun activity to unlease some creative spirits.

30 minutes
1 hour
4 jars

Ingredients

CACIO E PEPE BUTTER BLUEBERRY MUFFIN BUTTER

Instructions

CACIO E PEPE BUTTER
  1. To a mixing bowl, add the room-temperature salted butter, black pepper, pecorino romano, and heavy whipping cream.
  2. Use a whisk attachment on a stand mixer or hand-held beater and whip the butter until soft and fluffy.
  3. Transfer the butter to air tight jars and store in the fridge up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for longer.
BLUEBERRY MUFFIN BUTTER
  1. To a pan over medium heat, add the butter. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes until it starts to bubble and then brown. Make sure not to cook it any further or it can burn. Transfer it to a bowl and pop in the fridge or freezer to set. Don't let it get hard, just allow it to go from liquid to solid room temperature butter.
  2. In the same mixing bowl with the browned butter, add light brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Use a whisk attachment on a stand mixer or hand-held beater and whip the butter until soft and fluffy.
  4. Then add the freeze-dried blueberries and mix together again to break apart the blueberries and incorporate them into the butter.
  5. Transfer the butter to air-tight jars and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for longer.
Tips & Notes
  • If you are not planning on sharing or gifting jars, make half of what the recipe calls for or else it'll be too much!
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