|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 15g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||48%|
|Total Carbohydrate 38g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 37g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
With just three ingredients, this easy brandy butter is a classic British accompaniment for mince pies and Christmas pudding. It sounds fancy, but it's easy to make—it's not a compound butter, for example, which is usually a more savory use of butter and herbs, for example). You make it by whipping butter with confectioners' sugar and brandy for a rich, sweet, lightly boozy spread. It's similar to American frosting but less sweet—plus, it's spiked with brandy.
Because there are so few ingredients, it's important to use the the best ones, if possible, for the best taste. Use a high-quality butter for this mixture along with your favorite brandy; now's the time to splurge. You can adjust the amount of sugar and brandy to suit your tastes.
The brandy butter can be made up to a few days in advance and stored in the fridge. Let it warm up a bit on the counter before serving so it spreads more easily.
4 ounces (100 grams) unsalted butter
8 ounces (225 grams) confectioners' sugar
3 to 5 tablespoons brandy
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer until light and creamy.
Add the confectioners' sugar and beat again until it's all incorporated.
Add the brandy to taste and stir well. If you add too much brandy, the mixture may curdle. If it does, don't worry, just add more confectioners' sugar until the mixture binds back together.
Spoon the butter into a serving dish, cover, and store in the fridge until serving.
Serve and enjoy.
- The style and quality of the brandy will affect the flavor of this brandy butter. Cognac is a nice choice, but your favorite brandy (such as an Armagnac) will do.
- The butter can be made up to five days in advance. Just keep it covered in the refrigerator to prevent it from absorbing the aromas of other foods.
- Feel free to use brandy butter on other holiday sweets and indulgences, such as toasted panettone or with Christmas cookies.
How to Store and Freeze
- Brandy butter will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for two to three weeks.
- You can also freeze this butter for up to three months for later use. Just make sure it's in a well-sealed container. Defrost in the refrigerator and use it within a week.