Somehow October came and went and now people are already in the midst of planning Thanksgiving menus! We even had snow on the ground this morning, and according to my Instagram feed, we weren’t the only ones. Mother nature isn’t wasting any time. So who’s in charge of the rolls this year? If you want to know how to win friends and influence people, make this butter to go with them. If you’re serving a crowd, multiply it by 100. Or 4, or whatever. It’s amazingly easy, and makes everything it touches taste like a maple doughnut. Enough said.
Start with real butter- absolutely no exceptions here. And one of my secrets to fluffy, sweet compound butters: a little powdered sugar.
And when I say maple syrup, I’m talking about the good stuff. There’s a time and a place for Mrs. Butterworth’s, but I always recommend keeping a bottle of 100% pure maple syrup, which is significantly more expensive, on-hand for recipes.
Then beat, beat, beat, with the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, or a regular hand mixer. One of the tricks of getting really light and fluffy butter is to whip lots of air into it, so let it go for a good minute or two.
Now, you don’t have to add maple extract. If you don’t have any already and don’t want to buy it, it’s not a big deal. But if you have some around anyway, I add just a little bit for an extra punch of maple flavor. You might want to sample your butter and decide if you want to add it.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) real butter
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons 100% real maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon maple extract (optional)
- Place butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl and beat (with a hand mixer, or the whisk attachment of your stand mixer) until combined and smooth. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, pie spice, and extract. Beat slowly until combined and then whip for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy. Serve at room temperature and drizzle with maple syrup before serving.
- If you're making ahead of time, store in fridge, but allow time to bring to room temperature before serving. For best results, stir or re-whip before serving. Lasts for about a week or so in the fridge, several months in the freezer.