If you’re a fan of savory and sweet together, maybe you’ve already discovered how delicious honey butter can be. Commonly found in both European and Southern-style cooking, honey butter is a great way to add a touch of sweetness to many recipes.
Honey butter is often added to breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles, and toast, but it’s also a great accompaniment to dinner foods. Try it with warm dinner rolls, drizzled over fried chicken, or as a glaze for vegetables like Brussel sprouts or carrots. Honey butter is also a particularly helpful balance for foods that might be served with hot sauce or other spicy condiments.
Homemade Honey Butter
Honey butter can be hard to find in stores, but luckily, it’s simple to make at home. When you make honey butter, look for high-quality butter as a base. If using an American-made butter, look for the USDA rating “U.S. Grade AA” to make sure you’re getting the highest quality product. Grade AA is a sweet cream base butter with a low natural acid content and is more refined than regular Grade A butter.
Choosing the right honey can also subtly change the flavor in your honey butter. Using floral honey, like orange blossom or lavender, will result in a stronger floral flavor in the butter. You might choose to play up these specific flavors for a specialty dish or serve with scones at tea time. However, for a simpler, traditional honey butter flavor that goes with everything, you will likely want to select a neutral honey, like wildflower.
Finally, many recipes advise that you make honey butter using a stand mixer or electric beater to achieve maximum airiness and spreadability. If you don’t own one, you can still make honey butter by hand using a whisk, but you will want to ensure that your butter is soft all the way through before you begin.
How to Make Honey Butter
1) Whipped Honey Butter
This basic honey butter recipe is the simplest way to make this classic condiment, with minimal effort and no extra ingredients.
½ cup of butter, softened
¼ cup honey
How to Prepare:
In a small bowl, combine the two ingredients. Using a hand mixer, standing mixer, or a whisk with lots of elbow grease, beat the butter until light and fluffy, and the honey is fully incorporated.
Serving Size = 1 tablespoon. 90 Calories. 50 Calories from Fat. 6g Total Fat. 4g Saturated Fat. 15 mg Cholesterol. 60 mg Sodium. 9g Total Carbohydrate. 8g Sugars.
2) Honey Butter with Cinnamon
Many honey butter recipes include complimentary flavors, like vanilla extract or cinnamon, to accentuate the honey’s sweetness. This decadent recipe is perfect for weekend breakfasts or brunches and drizzled over berries or everyday oatmeal. It can be made ahead of time or even frozen.
When choosing butter for this recipe, the author suggests looking for a European-style butter with an 85% butterfat content. In general, the higher percentage of butterfat that butter contains, the more flavorful it tends to be. High butterfat butter made from pasture-raised cows is most often recommended as the best butter for tasting.
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 ½ tablespoons honey (plus some extra as a garnish)
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice
⅛ teaspoon finely ground sea salt
How to Prepare:
Make sure the butter is precisely at room temperature to get the fluffiest consistency. Do not microwave the butter to soften. Instead, leave it out on the counter for at least 45 minutes to an hour in advance. Add the butter, sugar, honey, vanilla extract, spice, and salt to a bowl. Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer, beat the ingredients together on low until combined. Then increase the speed to medium, and beat until the butter is airy and creamy.
This butter can be served immediately, with a drizzle of honey on top as a garnish, or refrigerated for later use. If refrigerating, thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. The butter will last up to one week covered and refrigerated, or frozen for up to two months. To serve the butter after being frozen, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then warm at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
95 Calories. 7.6g Carbohydrates. 2.9g Protein. 6.6g Fat. 2.3mg Sodium. 0.6g Fiber. 6g Sugars.
3) Savory Honey Butter
As an alternative to sweet butter, honey can also be used to make a savory option. This aromatic butter is flavored with garlic and honey and is a versatile and delicious way to season meats, seafood, vegetables, and dinner rolls.
¼ unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup honey
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice (or 1 tablespoon white vinegar)
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
How to Prepare:
Melt the butter in a pot or pan over medium heat. Add the honey and garlic, whisking to combine. Remove from the heat, add the lemon juice (or vinegar), salt to taste, and add parsley.
145 Calories. 19g Carbohydrates. 8g Fat. 5g Saturated Fat. 15mg Cholesterol. 152mg Sodium. 33mg Potassium. 17g Sugars.
Honey and butter are two classic tastes that go together, adding a touch of sweetness and elegance to nearly any meal. Making honey butter at home allows you to enjoy it whenever you like. Even better, homemade honey butter has no preservatives, and you can adjust the salt and sugar content to suit your taste buds and your diet.
Whether eaten over oatmeal, waffles, or French toast in the morning, served with spicy fried chicken and pillowy biscuits for lunch or used as a glaze to season carrots, sweet potatoes, or even seafood for dinner, honey butter can be enjoyed all day long.