Compound butters. That sounds complicated and intriguing doesn’t it? At least it did to me when I was in high school working at a book store and came across the book The Herbal Pantry:
Back then food was a complete and utter mystery to me. It was food magic and I found that exciting. I would flip through the gorgeous illustrations of all the magnificent creations you could make with herbs and never believed in a million years I would know what to do with any of these creations. It is the first foodie book I ever bought and just hoped one day I would actually make something from. Today I know that food is simple and beautiful and accessible to everyone.
All compound butter is butter with yummies in it. You decide what delicious accents you want to add. I wanted to make a sweet compound butter for my no-knead wheat bread so I left the butter out for a while to become nice and soft. Then I added some honey and cinnamon and mixed it up with a spoon. That’s it!
Delicious! Compound butters are so easy to create and make fantastic presents. Just put them in a decorate small jar with ribbon and some homemade muffins and people will be blown away by your creative foodie spirit and personal touch.
Food is magic but it is magic that is available to everyone. The magic is not in the technique, it is in the desire to make something special, pretty and yummy. It took me years to realize that I could be a foodie magician. And so can you!