1Place the butter in a medium bowl and mash it with a rubber spatula until it’s very spreadable. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.
2Alternatively, to serve this compound butter as a sliceable stick, transfer the butter mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape it into a log by rolling it up in the plastic wrap, then twist the ends to seal. Place in the refrigerator to harden, at least 30 minutes.
Baking recipes often call for softened butter, but if you put the butter in the microwave you risk butter soup. Leaving it out at room temp is fine if you've got lots of time. But when your butter is cold and hard and you want it to be warm and soft, just pound it with a rolling pin.
How to Brown Butter
It imparts a nice nutty flavor to food.
How to Use Goat Butter
Goat butter has a creamier texture and a more salty and savory flavor than the cow butter we all know. Mark Scarbrough, coauthor of Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese, suggests using goat butter while baking to add complex flavors to your baked goods.
Make Butter in Your Blender
Gone are the days of churning homemade butter by hand! In this CHOW Tip, Tracy Kaplan of CHOW.com shows you how to easily crank out your own dairy spread without straining your arm. (And here's another method for making butter at home, courtesy of cookbook author Karen Solomon. Just be prepared to pay in sweat equity!)