Homemade Orange Honey Butter

Butter whipped at home is just divine, and to me, there is nothing better for a weekend brunch than buttermilk pancakes with homemade orange honey butter on top.  Some homemade butter recipes merely instruct you to melt some butter, mix some stuff into it, then stick it back in the fridge, but that’s not what we’re doing here.  We are going to whip some heavy cream with a mixer until it separates into butter and true buttermilk.  Once you make your butter like this from scratch, you’ll be trying all sorts of butters, like herb butters for steak, cinnamon butter for waffles, and so on.  Let me take you through the process:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp orange blossom honey
zest of one orange
pinch of salt

Place the whipping cream, honey, orange zest, and salt into a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and turn the mixer on as high as you can go without splattering cream everywhere (medium high for me).  It will take about 10 minutes to take your whipping cream to the butter stage.  Let’s break it down.

In the first few minutes, the mixture will turn into orange honey whipped cream:

After a couple more minutes, the mixture will start to clump up, and by the 7 or 8 minutes mark, the butter will really separate from a liquid that collects at the bottom of the bowl.  This is true buttermilk!

Once the butter has clumped up, scoop it out from the bowl and form it into whatever shape you like.  I usually use a disher to portion it out into little balls, like pictured above.  Spread it on pancakes, muffins, toast, whatever your heart desires.  Enjoy!!!

Click here for the printable recipe.

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8 Responses to Homemade Orange Honey Butter

  1. Pete says:

    Hi Joanne,
    Any suggestions for what to do with that buttermilk? I’d hate to throw it away.


    • Joanne says:

      Hey Dad Pete! You can use it for anything that calls for buttermilk. Buttermilk pancakes, buttermilk biscuits, buttermilk scones, buttermilk dressing, pretty much anything! Great question =)

  2. Curt says:

    Wow, that’s an interesting combination of flavor in butter. On my list of things to try!

  3. I am in love with butter after having lived off I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and returning back to the real thing. Didn’t know real butter wasn’t so difficult to make. I will definitely be experimenting in the next few weeks.

    I am getting such a strong desire to cook from looking through your blog!!!

  4. Medeja says:

    I like that cream stage..looks very nice 🙂

  5. Cool! Thanks for the recipe! My son made butter in his kindergarten class this year, and has been asking if we could do it again at home!

  6. Chris says:

    This butter is epic. I had no idea you could easily make butter at home — it makes perfect sense, as you’re just churning it in the mixer, but I just never thought about it.

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