Butter is one of the item which converts any mundane recipe to a mouth watering one.I personally prefer to have spoonful of butter just like that. But still in today’s world when people are so health conscious, prefer to have low calorie food, butter has its own dignity. There are alternatives like white butter, unsalted butter, margarine, etc in the market but neither of them has successfully replaced the old traditional butter and its taste. Butter is Butter. But today I will not discuss any recipe with butter rather I will describe a very easy way to make the butter more tasty. We will add flavour to butter itself. Once during my stay in a hotel I was served flavoured butter along with bread and jam. I was so impressed by the flavoured butter that I had gone to the chef of the hotel to get the recipe for it. To my amazement I found that it’s damn easy to make flavoured butter and I can make it according to my taste and the ingredients required are minimal and it also takes less or no time to flavour a butter block. The process to make different type of flavoured butter is same. Only the ingredients changes with the type of flavour. I will first discuss the process to make flavour butter and t hen state the ingredients to be used for different types of butter. But let me tell you the different flavours as told by me are just a few examples. There is no end to the ingredients which can be used to make flavoured butter. Feel free to add your imagination and make interesting flavoured butter.
Process to make Flavoured butter:
1)Take a block of butter and keep it in room temperature for 30 minutes till the block becomes soft( take care that it is not melted.). 2) Mix all the ingredients of flavouring as discussed below and the butter thouroughly. Take care that the butter and all the ingredients are blended uniformly. 3) Take a wax paper* and place the butter mixture in the wax paper and roll the wax paper. 4) Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour. 5) Unwrap the wax paper and cut them into slices. 6) Serve the slices as you desire.
Ingredients for Different Types of Flavoured Butter
Breakfast Butter: 1 block of butter, 1 tspn of pepper, 1 tspn of sugar powder(blend the normal sugar in grinder)
Spicy Butter: 1 block of butter, 1-2 red chilly (crushed into flakes and deseeded), ½ tsp pepper, 1-2 minced cloves, 1tsp minced garlic, 1-2 tsp coriander leaves(finely chopped).
Cinnamon Butter 1 block of butter, ½ tsp of cinnamon powder, ¼ tsp of nutmeg, ½ tsp of powdered sugar(optional)
Sweet and Sour Butter 1 block of butter, 1 tbsp of powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice
Garlic Herb Butter 1 block butter, ½ tsp garlic paste, 1 tsp finely chopped coriander leaves, ½ tsp parsley
Chili Butter: 1 block of butter, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon lime juice, ½ tsp pepper ½ tsp salt ½ tsp mustard sauce.
Cheese Butter 1 block butter 1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese 2 teaspoons sliced green onions(optional)
Curry Butter 1 block butter 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/8 teaspoon Paprika 1 dash freshly ground pepper
Lemon Pepper Butter: 1 block butter, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Mixed Fruit Butter 1 block butter, 1 cup chopped fruits(strawberry, mango, apple, cherry) 1 tbsp powdered sugar / honey. Almond or Hazelnut or Walnut Butter 1 block butter 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts 1 teaspoon honey or 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
Chocolate Butter 1 block butter 1 cup unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons chopped nuts, optional
Orange Butter 1 block butter 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Strawberry Butter 1 block butter 1/2 cup puréed strawberries or 2 tablespoons of strawberry preserves (not jelly or jam) 1 tbsp powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon grated orange peel, ½ cup chopped strawberry pieces(optional
Serving Options: 1) Make a difference to your breakfast by putting a slice of flavoured butter over a slice of toasted bread. Do not spread the butter over the bread. Just place the flavoured slice over the bread and let it melt slowly by the heat of the toasted bread.
2) Place a slice of flavoured butter over a slice of bread and then grill the bread for 1 minute. The butter will melt and the flavour of the butter will dissolve in the bread making it yummy and tasty.
3) You can serve cakes and pastries with a topping of the flavoured butter.
4) While making the batter for any cake mixture use an appropriate flavoured butter to make you cake delicious and unique.
5) These flavoured butter can replace the traditional plane butter while making chicken tandooris or kababs.
FYI : India produces and consumes more butter than any other nation, and allocates almost half of its annual milk pool to butter production.
Health & Nutrition According to USDA figures, one tablespoon of butter (14 grams/0.5 ounces) contains 420 kilojoules (100 kcal), all from fat, 11 grams (0.4 oz) of fat, of which 7 grams (0.25 oz) are saturated fat, and 30 milligrams (0.46 gr) of cholesterol. In other words, butter consists mostly of saturated fat and is a significant source of dietary cholesterol. For these reasons, butter has been generally considered to be a contributor to health problems, especially heart disease. For many years, vegetable margarine was recommended as a substitute, since it is an unsaturated fat and contains little or no cholesterol. In recent decades, though, it has become accepted that the trans fats contained in partially hydrogenated oils used in typical margarines significantly raise undesirable LDL cholesterol levels as well. Trans-fat free margarines have since been developed. Butter contains only traces of lactose, so moderate consumption of butter is not a problem for the lactose intolerant. People with milk allergies need to avoid butter, which contains enough of the allergy-causing proteins to cause reactions. Butter can form a useful role in dieting by providing satiety. A small amount added to low fat foods such as vegetables may stave off feelings of hunger.