Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gourmet Banana Butter

Gourmet Banana Butter

You've probably had maple butter with your hush puppies at fish camps or all-you-can-eat fish restaurants.  This would be delicious as well.

This will make a delicious gift.  Gifts from the kitchen are economical and always appreciated.  There always seems to be a last-minute gift to give or dinner to attend and this can be made with plenty of time to spare.  This is such an easy item to make and combine a couple loaves of bread during the holidays for a gift.

Gourmet Banana Butter IngredientsIngredients

1/2 cup Butter
1 ripe small to medium Banana
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Carmel Liqueur

Allow the butter to soften.  This takes about 5-15 minutes depending on the type of butter you're using.  I like to freeze bananas when they become a little too ripe to eat so I brought one out and thawed it in the microwave for about a minute.

Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and using your mixer, start out on a low speed to incorporate everything then gradually increase speed.

The Making of Gourmet Banana Butter

The first minute or two of mixing the butter will seem to have too much liquid but then magically between minutes 2-5 it thickens and smooths out.  It will be be a little soft from the heat generated with increased speed.  This will also add some air and the butter will increase in size as well.

The Making of Gourmet Banana ButterThe Making of Gourmet Banana Butter

Note:  This recipe can easily be converted to vegan by exchanging the smart balance butter I used with your favorite vegan butter.  

Once your butter is nice and smooth, slip it into the refrigerator for a couple hours or over night and enjoy on some sourdough bread, bagel, rolls, breakfast pastry, pancakes, waffles, or anywhere else you'd enjoy a little sweetness.
Gourmet Banana Butter

Turn an ordinary breakfast or meal into something special by adding this gourmet butter on the table.

Gourmet Banana Butter

Have you tried or made gourmet or herb butters?

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