Thursday, August 4, 2016

country living magazine gives this butter a nod

When you have a blog, as many probably know, stats are usually made available by the blog provider.  In my case, I use Blogger, and it's really nice to see which posts get how many views, links that drive my readers, etc.  I have a pretty good idea of how many views, on average, I receive a day, and typically the view number increases over a weekend, because readers have a) more time to sit and peruse websites and b) a desire to find a recipe to use when they actually have time to cook.  

Well, a little over a week ago, I logged in to begin typing a post, as usual, and I noticed my view stats had skyrocketed.  After a little research, I found that Country Living's online magazine listed this recipe as one to try in an article, "30 of the Most Delicious Things You Can Do With Blackberries."  I could not believe it.  I had no idea it had been included, and while itsy-bitsy in the whole scheme of life, I was as excited as a kid in a candy shop.  No joke.  I still look at it, and my stomach flip-flops with joy.   

So... I'm doing a little TBT for you today, and throwing it back to a post I did three years ago that has just caught the eye of one of my favorite mags I began subscribing to shortly after we married.  Thank you, Country Living, for many years of great design and recipes right up The Lazy Daisy's alley.  You never disappoint!

Originally posted on December 27, 2012

It is crazy to me how fast time flies.  Wasn't I just blogging yesterday about the blackberry discovery we made on our summer trip to Gatlinburg?  Now, it's nearly six months later, and we're far from summer vacationing.

I had about a half gallon of blackberries left from our trip, hanging out in the deep freezer. While trying to think about options for Christmas goodie bags, I ran all kinds of ideas through my head of how to use up the berries.  The Amish White Bread was already a definite for the bags, so it didn't take me too long to determine that a good butter would make a great companion.

Blackberry Butter was born.

For the bags, I packaged them in logs, wrapped in parchment paper, twisted and twined on the ends.  I also gave them to others in canning jars.  Either way, I was pleased with the presentation and equally satisfied with the flavor.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with some other butter ideas.  I already love the stuff in its truest form...  why not consider other ways to make it interesting and fun?

Happy whipping!

Blackberry Butter - makes one pound of butter

  • 1 pound salted butter, softened
  • 1/8 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
1. Whip together butter and honey until fluffy.

2. Add in berries and mix in short bursts until desired look is achieved.  I did not want mine
to be completely emulsified, so I "broke" up the berries slightly with just a few turns of the paddle attachment.

3. If storing in jars, scoop into jar and wipe mouth clean.  Cap and refrigerate.

4. If storing in logs, place a piece of plastic wrap over a piece of aluminum foil the same size.  
5. Scoop out butter along length of wrap/foil, folding wrap over butter and rolling into consistent-sized cylinder.  Roll up foil around log and twist ends.  Refrigerate or freeze.

Recipe from The Lazy Daisy Kitchen.