A few months ago, frustrated with ‘winter’ hard butter that tears even the most robust bread, I googled for a solution. After looking at temperature controlled containers (too expensive and I’d have to pay postage from America) it occurred to me that perhaps I could reproduce the spreadable butter that you can buy in the supermarket. After all, according to the ingredients, it’s just butter whipped up with oil.
Some more googling later and I had a recipe. Since then I’ve adapted it, and also experimented with different oils. Following is our family’s Number One favourite, which beats all the others hands down for flavour, and is REALLY healthy too! It also works out to be quite economical as the whipping increases the final volume substantially.
I would even go so far as to say it’s yummier than butter on it’s own!
Here’s the recipe:
SPREADABLE APRICOT KERNEL BUTTER
500g (2 standard blocks) of butter at room temperature
1 cup of cold-pressed apricot kernel oil
- Beat the butter on its own until light and fluffy.
- Add the oil and continue to beat.
- Once it’s well-blended you can leave it at that, however I find I can make it even smoother and lighter by using my whipping attachment to really fluff it up.
- Pop it into glass containers and keep it in the fridge. It spreads easily straight from the fridge, so you can have healthy, spreadable butter all year round.
Something you may wish to experiment with: the first recipe I came across actually added about 1/2 cup of water to the above. Believe it or not, it DOES actually blend. It’s a great way to make this recipe even more economical. I leave it out as I prefer the luscious, strong taste of butter, and the water does dilute the taste a little. However, you may like to try it yourself to see if you like it.
We use organic butter and organic apricot kernel oil to make our spreadable apricot kernel butter even healthier (it tastes better too).
In the next post I’ll talk about the benefits of butter and why margarine, while convenient, is one of the worst foods you can consume. Stay tuned for information on the benefits of apricot kernel oil, too!