Ok, so the other day for some reason, I decided I HAD to have a popover. It seemed something I could whip up without too much hassle, especially since I usually make my Popovers in a Muffin Tin. I love making those popovers; they’re just stupid simple and so delish. Well, ya’ll know how that goes. I decided I needed something special to go with my Popovers, so I decided I better make Easy Strawberry Butter. And of course, I kept thinking that both Popovers and Easy Strawberry Butter would be great for New Year’s brunch. I cannot believe how fast the days are whizzing by…it’s just days now before I have to remember to put 2019 on everything. That gets harder, every year!
I think I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself and I keep saying this, sorry to bore you, about my hand and shoulder. And I’m still trying to find light things to cook – not light as in healthy light but light as in lightweight. And I kind of felt like I needed to be pampered…so while I usually just make my Popovers with my Updated Chicken a la King (and I did) I also whipped up this Easy Strawberry Butter.
About Easy Strawberry Butter:
Here it is with New Year’s Impending and instead of making some marvelous Appetizers (I do have plenty on my site) or a special holiday dinner, I’m making Strawberry Butter. And before that, a super easy casserole, and prior to that four, count them, four super easy desserts. Oh well, I’m sure (positive thinking) I’ll be back to my more normal (even if it is my somewhat abnormal at times) self soon if that makes sense!
In the meantime, there’s Easy Strawberry Butter! How have I ever lived without this Easy Strawberry Butter for so long? I’ve heard of making all kinds of compound butter, mostly savory, and mixing fruit with butter but somehow the idea of a fruity butter underwhelmed me until just the other night. And then I just had to have it. Just like they have at Neiman Marcus (or so I’ve heard.)
So serve your Strawberry Butter with Popovers, or serve it on French Toast or Pancakes. Serve it atop a saltine. I don’t care what you do with it, just serve it. There ya go, I’m getting back to my bossy self again. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll want to serve this for New Year’s Day Brunch. And of course, nothing is going to make breakfast or brunch more special than a basket of popovers nestled into a napkin. As long as they’re served with Strawberry Butter. Except for maybe Bellinis. But that’s a whole different story!
Making Easy Strawberry Butter:
Part of what makes Strawberry Butter great, in addition to the fact that the butter is whipped, all light and fluffy, is that when you eat butter with any kind of jam, the jam slides off the butter or the butter won’t spread over the jam. I mean that’s so wrong. But whip the two together and all of a sudden, you have magic.
And when you make your Strawberry Butter with Jam rather than fresh fruit you’ll have a super intense flavor, won’t need any extra sugar (the jam has enough) and it won’t ever get watery like it can with fresh fruit. (Although if you’d rather have your butter with fresh fruit, it’s usually about 1/2 cup sliced or mashed fruit to one stick of butter.) Best of all, with jam, you can make Easy Strawberry Butter anytime! Even at 10:00 at night in Minnesota in December as an ice storm rages outside. It’s the taste of summer. And of course, you can make any flavor you’d like, as long as you can find a jam, preserve, spread or probably even a good jelly that you’d love to turn into a fluffy, buttery spread.
There’s really no right or wrong to making Strawberry butter, as long as you whip your softened but not melty butter (you’ll need a mixer; at least I can’t imagine making this by hand) and only after it’s light and fluffy can you add in the jam. And while I like a little more jam than butter, that’s up to you, also. Go by taste. Let the spirit move you.
Saving Money on Easy Strawberry Butter:
Did you know Jams and Jellies are seasonal? Yep, they are almost always going to be at the lowest prices shortly after harvest. Makes sense because the warehouses are full and product needs to be moved. You’ll likely find a lot of coupons then if you are a clipper. Watch for Jams and Jellies on sale around Easter and Mother’s Day too, to accommodate all the brunchers.
You’ll hear me talk all the time about butter, and yes, I have a frugal blog but I’d rather have butter than anything else like margarine. I just buy it on sale and use it rather sparingly. Well, maybe not so sparingly in this recipe. But I do stock up and chuck it in my freezer. The lowest prices are generally around holidays, and before I could buy butter at Aldi and Costco, where the prices rival my grocery store sales prices, I’d figure out about how much butter I needed to buy to last to the next holiday. It might sound crazy to buy pounds of butter, but when on a good sale, butter can be half (or less) of the usual price.
Easy Strawberry Butter
- 1 stick butter, softened (properly softened is when the butter bends without cracking but still holds it’s shape without blowing out
- 1/2 to 3/4’s cup good jam
- 1pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional
In a small bowl, whip, preferably with an electric mixer, butter until light and fluffy. Add jam and continue to whip until incorporated; a few chunks of jam are nice, but blend as much or as little as you like. Add to a bowl. Serve at room temperature.
I’ll be bringing this Easy Strawberry Butter to Fiesta Friday # 256, hosted this week by Liz @ spades, spatulas & spoons and Moi! That’s right, I’ll be stopping by and visiting all the wonderful bloggers who took a few minutes to join in. Maybe they’ll be some party recipes!! Happy Happy New Year’s, everyone!
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