Thursday, November 18, 2010

Five-Minute Christmas Food Gift

Got my scented candle burning,

my Big Band Christmas CD blasting (this one is outstanding, btw),
the dough for my rolls percolating in the trusty bread machine -- it's a great homemaking day here at the castle.

It seemed like the perfect day to power up my brand new super-duper whizmo blender that Kahuna got me for my birthday.

I think he may have gotten a tad tired of the BANG BANG THWAP of me pulverizing coffee ice cubes with a meat tenderizer for my mocha frappuccinos
Which leads me to:  strawberry butter.  Yes indeedy, a five-minute food gift idea that is truly stellar.  So what if you didn't make any homemade jams and jellies this summer?  All you need for this is frozen strawberries, butter, and powdered sugar.  Get a cute little ramekin and add a wooden spreader, and you've got a wonderful, quick Christmas or hostess gift.

10-oz. package frozen strawberries
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar

Let strawberries thaw and take butter out of fridge to soften.  Put all ingredients in blender and blend away until mixture is smooth.  Pack in cute little containers.  Makes 2 1/2 c.
Note:  I cut this recipe in half and it blended perfectly.  I also cut the butter into about 10 or 15 pieces before plopping it in the blender.  Recipe came from Better Homes and Gardens Gifts from Your Kitchen.
Have you ever made any special flavored butters?  I would love to hear about it.



Blogger Joanne said...

Not gonna lie, I would be super happy if someone made me strawberry butter! I would love it smeared over some bagels!

November 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Candles, music, food - sounds like a party to me!! The strawberry butter sounds so delish, and easy! Gonna have to try this . . . soon!

November 18, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Flat Creek Farm said...

Wow, you've gone and made me feel all domestic (scented candle, bread baking & awesome music & all). Now I want to stay home and not work tomorrow! ;) Thanks so much for the strawberry butter recipe. It does indeed sound perfect. I have made Pear Butter before, using my Grandma Winfree's recipe. Also Herb Butter, which is just a 50/50 blend of butter & cream cheese, plus the fresh chopped herbs of your choosing. Yummy! -Tammy

November 18, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

sounds like a lovely day! that strawberry butter looks fabulous!

November 19, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Anonymous Faith said...

I love festive days like that! Great gift idea, I can imagine how amazing the butter would be on some fresh bread...mmm!

November 19, 2010 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger The Bumbles said...

I need a better blender - but when I get one it seems even a Bumble could whip this up! But what is a ramekin? A container? Google will enlighten me...

November 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

Do you have a good roll recipe you use? My MIL asked me to bring the bread and I'm not in love with my roll recipe. I'll be auditioning new ones for the next five days.

November 19, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thanks for coming by and visiting, everyone. Tammy, your herb butter sounds fantastic. I'll have to give that a try. The Bumbles, hope you got your ramekin question answered ;)

Carpool Queen, this is our go-to roll recipe
but the one I tried yesterday was also amazing. Here it is:
You will have to report about your roll adventures on your blog and let the rest of us know which one you end up using. This one is a real keeper :)

November 19, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger erica said...

My husband wants that candle so bad. I`ll have to get it for him for Christmas. That strawberry butter looks amazing I definitely need to give it a try. I just found your blog and love it. You have a new follower.


November 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Muthering Heights said...

Mmmm, that sounds tasty!

November 21, 2010 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger bethan said...

mint chocolate candles, yum!

Thanks for visiting a pretty place to play and for your tips on thanksgiving! i am already doing pre-emptive dieting in preparation for the 7,000 calories!


November 22, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

That is wonderful idea! My summer jam sessions were a little lacking this year, and I think I have strawberries in the freezer! Also, I'm horribly jealous of your blender.

I'm so glad you enjoyed the rolls, they really are delicious. Yes, please - link away! :)

November 22, 2010 at 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the strawberry butter, do you use sweetened strawberries?

December 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

No, you don't use sweetened strawberries for this, as the recipe has the powdered sugar in it. Just use the plain whole strawberries that you can find in the freezer section of the grocery store. Hope your butter turns out scrumptious! I just made some Kahlua butter the other day to put on some chocolate bread and that was delicious, too. Let me know if you want that recipe :)

December 11, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger The Bumbles said...

I made this for our guests to take with them X-Mas Eve so they could use for their X-Mas breakfasts. Thumbs up on the taste. Although the blended result looked less smooth than granular. Not sure if I blended too much, too little or maybe hadn't let things thaw enough, etc. It looked funny but tasted yummy!

December 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

The Bumbles, mine looked a bit granular, too, but I chalk it up to the fact that I'm not patient enough to let the butter soften or the strawberries thoroughly thaw. Glad you liked the taste. Just tell people, "Yeah, it's supposed to look like that. Strawberry butter does that." ;)

December 29, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

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