Dutch-honey butter

I did quite a bit of cooking today, or at least it felt like I did. So be prepared for some Christmas treats to pop up here. Just a forewarning: nothing is healthy. Unless butter, sugar, chocolate, candy, or cream counts as health food. That is up to your discretion. Let’s say its healthy for the holiday soul. Does that make you feel better?

This recipe is actually Dutch-spun honey. We used to live in Des Moines, Iowa, which is close to Pella a Dutch community. To me, Pella is tulip festivals and windmills, Dutch letters (almond pastries) and honey butter. The recipe is from an inn up there.

This is how you start. With honey. No, this doesn’t look like sweet and clean squeezable-bear honey. It is a huge vat of honey that crystallized and had to be sat in a hot water bath until it would melt enough to put in jars to further melt via water bath. You probably won’t have to go through that ordeal. If you do, however, just know it is very sticky.Start with 1 cup of honey, 1 cup of whipping cream, and one cup of white sugar. Place in a saucepan and stir constantly while at a medium high heat. Keep stirring so nothing sticks and burns.It will get frothy and you can make pretty designs…And then it will turn thick and syrupy and the color of caramel. Be impressed that I was stirring and taking the picture, all at the same time.Then take 4 sticks of soft butter and put into a blender. Make sure it is soft or your blending will not go well. Pulse (you don’t want the top to explode off since everything is hot). Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and a dash of salt.  

Pour into glass jars and let cool before putting the tops on and refrigerating. This stuff is good. It is great on toast, bagels, crackers, or even by the spoonful. Ok, I don’t really recommend by the spoonful, but people have been known to do it. Either way, it is a wonderful holiday treat!

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About thegypsycook

I'm a 22 year old who just graduated college and moved to Dallas to look for a job and help out my 75(!)year-old cousin. I'm a type 1 diabetic runner and I love being in the kitchen-cooking, baking, cleaning.
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