Saturday, August 21, 2010

Making Herb Butter

Making herb butter is really easy.  I'm sure many of you already know how to make your very own herb butter with your favourite herbs.  There's nothing more satisfying than using your own herbs from your garden to make the herb butter which can be used to toast bread, for roasting, salads and cooking.  Here are a few recipes, you may change or add any favourite herb.

Thymes, Sage and Coriander Herb Butter
125gm butter, softened
1 tbsp chopped fresh thymes
1 tsp chopped fresh sage
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
a piece of parchment or baking paper

Method :

Step 1 :  Wash, drain and pat dry the herbs.

Step 2 : Chop herbs to small bits.

Step 3 : Mix the chopped herbs to the softened butter till evenly mixed.

Step 4 :  Place the herb butter on a big piece of parchment or baking paper.

Step 5 : Roll it up and twist both ends.  Leave it in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to firm up.

Step 6 :  When firmed, take it out from the fridge and cut to small rolls, place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

This is my favourite!  The aroma is fantastic!
Garlic Butter
125gm butter, softened
6 medium clove garlic (if small, use 8)
3 tablespoons olive oil
a piece of aluminium foil for wrapping

Step 1 : Place garlic (do not remove skin) on a piece of aluminium foil.  Drizzle the olive oil all over the garlic. Wrap it up like a parcel, twisting the top tightly.  Bake in the oven at 190 degree C for 45 minutes.  (The smell is fantastic!).  Remove from oven and leave till completely cool.

Step 2 : When cool, remove skin.  Do not discard the excess oil in the aluminium foil.  I usually keep it and use for cooking, it smells really wonderful!

Step 3 : Use the back of a spoon to mash it to a paste.

Step 4 : Mix it to the softened butter and stir till evenly mixed.  Follow the steps to wrap, freeze and storing, same as above.

This garlic butter is absolutely delicious  with toasted bread.  I would spread some of this aromatic butter on a piece of bread and toast it till marvelously crispy.

Variation :  You may add about 1 tablespoon of chopped rosemary leaves and  use this when roasting chicken or baked potatoes.  Yummy!

Do you spread butter on a piece of bread, then toast it, or do you toast your bread, then spread butter over it? Which one do you prefer? ....


  1. :-)) I love garlic butter! My favourite too.

  2. Kitchen Flavours, Cooking is not my hobby but you've spark some interest in me. Lovely photos. Even butter looks better over here. :)

  3. They both sound great and I will be trying your way with the garlic butter. It's definitely easy enough and wish I had some on toasted bread now!

  4. I like the idea of roasting the garlic. Makes sense. I will keep it in mind.

  5. Woww thanks a ton for sharing this herb butter...

  6. That garlic butter looks fabulous! I can't wait to make it- I know the aroma will be heavenly! (And I toast first, then butter- unless I'm doing a whole loaf. Then I butter first and put in the oven to toast!)

  7. Hi Angie,
    Yes, garlic butter is really nice!

    Hi One,
    Nice to know I caught your attention towards cooking now! Try the garlic butter, toast a piece of bread with a generous spread, with a cup of tea or coffee, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that it is a simple satisfying breakfast!

  8. Hi Pam,
    You are right! It is definitely easy to do. Get a loaf of bread ready. You might want to toast one as soon as the butter is ready!

    Hi My Kitchen in the Rockies,
    The smell of roasting garlic is fantastic! Try it out soon!

    Hi Priya,
    You're welcome!

    Hi scrambledhenfruit,
    The aroma is indeed heavenly! I toast it in the oven too instead of the pop-up toaster. The oven gives a really crunchy toast all around. I feel that by spreading the butter first, then toast, the bread will stay crisp longer, or is it just me thinking it is?? Do you think so....??

  9. I love flavored butters! These look fantastic! I usually put cream cheese on my toast but I always toast first.

  10. Herb butter? that's sound interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi elra,
    selamat datang! Thank you for visiting. You have a lovely blog. Will visit you again soon. Have a nice week.

    Hi Reeni,
    Cream cheese are yummy too! It is interesting to know how everyone toasts their bread. No matter whether we toast first, or spread the butter first, I guess it always turn out great!

    Hi Malar,
    If you have not tried the garlic butter, I really think that you should give it a try, provided, of course, that you like garlic!