Homemade Honey Butter is a simple and delicious way to elevate any meal. Place it on the table and watch your guests' eyes light up. You’ll be the star of the show, and no one will ever know it only took 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to make.
A typical scenario when dining out with my friends and family involves us all scanning the menu, and without fail, we spot an item that features "housemade" honey butter and everyone instantly wants to order it. There’s just something about it that makes every meal feel extra special
Having made homemade cultured butter in the past, I knew that making homemade honey butter would be easily achievable, all it takes is a little time, honey, softened butter and a pinch of salt.
Why I love this recipe
- Goes well on absolutely everything from sourdough bread to sourdough discard pancakes.
- Ready in 5 minutes or less.
- The process goes easier with an electric mixer but it can be made by hand.
- Only requires 3 simple ingredients that you already have in your pantry.
- Keep a small amount at room temperature for up to two days, so you’ll have soft honey butter ready when you need it.
What you need
Butter: Make sure your butter is soft! I like to set mine on the counter the night before until I’m ready to make my honey butter. This recipe uses store-bought unsalted butter, but you can
Honey: Use local or organic raw honey for the best results, but any store-bought brand will do.
Salt: I love using flaky Maldon Sea Salt, but any brand of kosher salt or sea salt will work.
TIP: Do not use cold butter or your honey may harden.
STEP 1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
STEP 2. Whip the ingredients together.
TIP: You can mix the ingredients together using a stiff spatula or wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
STEP 3. Use a spatula or wooden spoon stir the butter to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
STEP 4. Store honey butter in a mason jar or butter crock.
TIP: Store butter in an opaque butter crock if you want to keep it at room temperature for up to two weeks.
With a sweet and salty flavor, you’ll love slathering this honey butter on absolutely everything. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy it:
- Serve a part on top of Sourdough Discard Pancakes, Sourdough Waffles and Sourdough Crepes.
- Brush on freshly baked Sourdough Dinner Rolls or Sourdough Discard Pretzels.
- Slather on a slice of Sourdough Sandwich Bread or Sourdough Spelt Bread.
- Spread on Sourdough Scones, Sourdough Biscuits or Sourdough Soda Bread.
- Smear on Sourdough Discard Cornbread, Sourdough Corn Muffins or Sourdough Discard Banana Bread.
- Use it to make Sourdough Butter Swim Biscuits or Sourdough Butter Swim Cornbread.
How to store honey butter
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends butter only be kept at room temperature for two days.
However, if kept in the right conditions, honey butter can be kept at room temperature for up to two weeks. In interest of food safety, it's extremely important to follow proper food storage strategies to make sure your butter doesn’t go rancid or develop unwanted flavors.
- Salt and honey are natural preservatives that have antimicrobial properties so mixing them with your butter will help prevent bacterial growth.
- Butter has a tendency to absorb flavors from your kitchen and light can cause it to go rancid. If you have one, it's best to store your butter in an opaque butter crock.
- Hotter temperatures can cause butter to spoil faster, store your honey butter in the refrigerator if your kitchen is hotter than 70 F.
- To be safe, only keep what you can consume in two days out at room temperature, keep the rest in the refrigerator for up to three months or the freezer up to a year.
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If you forget to leave out your butter in advance so it can soften, simply unwrap it and place it on a clean microwave-safe plate. Microwave the butter at low power (about 20 to 30%) in 30 second increments until it feels soft to the touch but has not melted.
If you detect any "off" smells or flavors, in short if your butter doesn't taste like butter anymore it's probably time to toss it! Also look out for any weird coloration or changes in texture.
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Homemade Honey Butter Recipe
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- 113 grams unsalted butter softened
- 42 grams honey
- 6 grams salt or more to taste
- Combine the ingredients in a large bowl.113 grams unsalted butter, 42 grams honey, 6 grams salt
- Whip the ingredients together.
- Switch to a stiff spatula or wooden spoon to stir the ingredients together until fully incorporated.
- Store butter in an airtight container, a mason jar or a butter crock.
These recipes were developed and tested using grams for precise measurements. To increase your chances of success, I recommend investing in a kitchen scale. I've included rough volume estimates (in tablespoons and cups), but they might not be totally accurate.
Remember all ovens are unique, these recipes were tested in my oven which runs cooler than others. You might need to lower the temperature if your bake appears to be browning too quickly. Monitor your bake closely and make adjustments if needed.