Brandy Butter



How to make perfectly smooth, delicious brandy butter in minutes, the perfect accompaniment to your festive mince pies or Christmas pudding.

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How to make perfectly smooth, delicious brandy butter in minutes, the perfect accompaniment to your festive mince pies or Christmas pudding.
I mentioned in my recipe for pretty mince pies earlier this week that I’d originally only made them as a prop for photographs in another post, and here it is… perfect homemade brandy butter.

How to make perfectly smooth, delicious brandy butter in minutes, the perfect accompaniment to your festive mince pies or Christmas pudding.

In all honesty I had started to think that this was a recipe that I thought I would never be able to share. I decided to start making my own brandy butter as Jon loves it on mince pies and if you buy a tub in the shop you have a 100g tub which has to be used up in 2 days. That means he either needs to eat a lot of it (and it’s basically just butter, sugar and alcohol!) or it was going to go to waste. Being able to whip up enough for a couple of mince pies at a time seemed like the obvious thing to do.

The problem was that I quickly realised that I couldn’t actually make it – it kept curdling, and who wants their pretty mince pies topped with something closely resembling cottage cheese?

I was on the verge of giving up when I accidentally came across the solution… The butter must be at room temperature and soft enough to beat by hand. If it’s not soft enough the brandy won’t combine properly with the butter and it’ll look curdled. The other important tip is to mix in the brandy gradually and ensure that each addition is fully combined before adding more.

I’ve seen suggestions online to add more icing sugar or less brandy. I’m sure that these would probably work but then you’d have brandy butter that’s either too sweet or doesn’t taste like brandy, neither of which is ideal.

Stick to my two tips and you should have perfectly smooth, delicious brandy butter in minutes.

How to make perfectly smooth, delicious brandy butter in minutes, the perfect accompaniment to your festive mince pies or Christmas pudding.

Brandy Butter

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Makes 100g brandy butter (about 10 heaped teaspoons) – You can make as much or as little as you want, just keep the ratios the same. Note that it’ll take longer to beat together the ingredients if you try to make more.

Ingredients

  • 50g unsalted butter – soft and room temperature
  • 50g icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 25ml brandy (although add this slowly and taste as you go as you may want to add a little more or less to your own taste)
  • If you want to make this recipe extra special you could use your own homemade butter.

Method

  1. Beat the butter until very soft (you can start this using a food mixer but I recommend finishing by hand – if the butter isn’t soft enough to beat easily by hand then your brandy butter is more likely to curdle).
  2. Add the icing sugar and beat until fully combined.
  3. Add the vanilla extract (¼ tsp) and mix to combine.
  4. Gradually add the brandy (25ml), about a teaspoon at a time, and beat to fully combine before adding more.
  5. Once all of the brandy has been added cover the butter and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 63 kcal (3%), Fat: 4.1g (6%), Saturated Fat: 2.6g (13%), Carbohydrates: 5.1g (2%), Sugar: 5.0g (6%), Fibre: 0.0g (0%), Protein: 0.0g (0%), Salt: 0.0g (0%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per heaped teaspoon (10g). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

How to make perfectly smooth, delicious brandy butter in minutes, the perfect accompaniment to your festive mince pies or Christmas pudding.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Gluten-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Soy-Free
  • Corn-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

How to make perfectly smooth, delicious brandy butter in minutes, the perfect accompaniment to your festive mince pies or Christmas pudding.


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8 Comments:

  1. Great idea to make your own brandy butter Charlotte – it’s such a waste as you say to buy tub from the supermarket when you only need a couple of portions from it (or risk popping on several pounds even before the festive season gets into full flow). Great tip!
    Angela x

    • Thanks Angela. As long as you make sure the butter is soft it’s really quick and easy to make so there’s no reason not to!

  2. Sounds scrumptious, any chance it can be made in advance and frozen? I need to make enough for ten people and it would be helpful to make it earlier.

    • I’ve not tried, but I’ve got some in the fridge so I’ve popped a bit in the freezer to test it out. I’ll let you know in a couple of days.

  3. Oh wow, I am now drooling and can’t wait for Christmas-stunning photos. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  4. You had me when I read your mince pie recipe and now you have me craving mince pies and brandy butter!!! Oh these look so good!!! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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