Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter

Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter

Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter

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My inspiration for today’s sweet and spicy honey butter comes from my recent 50th birthday celebration. Not only did I get to spend it with some very special people, but I also got to enjoy cake and a few gifts. As a food blogger, nothing says happy birthday more than a foodie gift, right? One of the birthday gifts received was a trio of flavoured gourmet honey. One of them being maple honey, which was fantastic mixed with butter and melted over steamed carrots. Another was pumpkin spice honey which I cheerfully mixed with butter and spread onto a toasted bagel. It was ohhhh so good!

Butter, honey and spices arranged on a wooden board in preparation for Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter.

So in the fashion of sharing, I mixed warm fall spices with honey and butter so you can enjoy Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter without having to worry about finding and buying specialty honey. It’s super easy to make at home and wonderful on baked goods like zucchini bread, muffins, bagels/toast, pancakes and French toast. All I can say now is thank goodness for turning 50, thoughtful people and foodie gifts. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter spread on zucchini bread and arranged on a wooden board with extra butter.
Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter served in a small stainless steel dish and arranged with pine cones.

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Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and mix until smooth.

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Classic Pesto

Classic Pesto

Well, I guess Classic Pesto is just that, a classic. It’s hard to mess with because it’s great just as it is. Simple everyday ingredients that become a vibrant, garlicky and herbaceous sauce with just a few pulses in the food processor.  While its historic use is to be tossed with pasta, you just can’t overlook all the other great ways to use it.  How about drizzled over scallops, spread onto hot cheese bread or grilled sandwiches, swirled into mashed potatoes or soup, used as pizza sauce and… I think you get the idea. There are plenty of ways that will have you scraping at the jar for every last drop.

I’d have to say this post isn’t about revamping a recipe or creating something new, it’s more of a reminder of how good a classic really is.  In this case the Classic Pesto is easy, delicious and versatile. Only a handful of ingredients, a few minutes of time and a food processor or mortar and pestle is all that’s required.  So although the sauce is not new, one needs to ask what’s a new way to enjoy it? Make up a batch and be creative, I’d love to know what you come up with.  Enjoy!

Recipe adapted slightly from: Wayne Gisslen Professional Cooking, seventh edition.

Classic Pesto
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    Servings Prep Time
    1 cup 15 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    1 cup 15 minutes
    Classic Pesto
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      Servings Prep Time
      1 cup 15 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      1 cup 15 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: cup
      Instructions
      1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree until blended but still has some texture, about 20-30 seconds. Use immediately or store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
      Recipe Notes

      Romano is a little stronger and saltier than parmesan and a nice addition, however you can use all parmesan if desired.

      You can also use a blender or mortar and pestle if desired.

      Smoky Paprika Caper Compound Butter

      Smoky Paprika Caper Compound Butter

      How do you like your steak?  For me, it’s medium rare with a good sear, which leaves the meat nicely warmed yet plenty pink and juicy.  Top it with Smoky Paprika Caper Compound Butter and I’m in carnivore heaven.

      Adorning steak with compound butter is certainly not a new concept but the flavour combination possibilities are virtually endless, making it a delicious new experience every time you change it up.  Smoky Paprika Caper Compound Butter is smoky, briny and salty, cutting the richness of the steak. The butter is the flavour vessel, slowly releasing its aromatic bounty as the butter melts.  It will have you mopping around your plate to sop up every drop.

      Compound butters are not only an elevated way to serve your steak, but ridiculously easy, customizable and made in advance so serving is a breeze.  Try a compound butter bar, where guests can pick their own flavour combination  to put on their steak, or vegetables or baked potatoes or…..you get the idea!

      Recipe inspiration for Smoky Paprika Caper Compound Butter:  Epicurious Grilled Rib Eye with Paprika Vinaigrette

       

      Smoky Paprika Caper Compound Butter
      Print Recipe
        Servings Prep Time
        8 servings 15 minutes
        Passive Time
        1 hour
        Servings Prep Time
        8 servings 15 minutes
        Passive Time
        1 hour
        Smoky Paprika Caper Compound Butter
        Print Recipe
          Servings Prep Time
          8 servings 15 minutes
          Passive Time
          1 hour
          Servings Prep Time
          8 servings 15 minutes
          Passive Time
          1 hour
          Ingredients
          Servings: servings
          Instructions
          1. Combine all ingredients in a mini food processor or bowl and blend until combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Scoop butter onto a 10" long piece of plastic wrap or parchment. Roll into a log approximately 5" long and 1 1/2" in diameter wrapping the plastic or parchment around log to cover and seal. Chill for at least an hour prior to serving. To serve, cut log into 8 equal pieces and serve on top of grilled meats, vegetables or potatoes.
          Recipe Notes

          Any butter left over can be wrapped well and frozen for future use.