Scones

How to Make Honey Butter with Recipes

We moved from Minnesota to Idaho.  In Minnesota, scones were always English scones—made with baking powder and similar to biscuits.  In Idaho, scones are deep fried slabs of bread dough.  That wasn’t a surprise to me; my mother often fried slices of bread dough and called them scones.  But then, we lived in the West.  We ate them hot with butter and maple syrup.

The restaurants bring hot scones—fried bread dough—out as appetizers.  Usually, they serve them with honey butter.  They’re good.  We think they’re better with flavored honey butter.

So we set off to create some honey butter recipes.

How to Make Honey Butter

Honey butter is simple: Whip softened butter and honey together. It should be light and fluffy and melt easily on your toast. Store it in the refrigerator where it will become firm.

The question is: how much butter and how much honey. For that, we went to our cook books and the internet. Most called for either one-half or one-fourth cup honey for one-half cup butter, a 50% ratio or a 100% ratio. We tried both. We finally settled on one-half cup honey, the sweeter flavor.

Then we went to work making flavored honey butters. With each trial, we served flavored honey butters to staff and customers on little squares of bread or warm muffins.

We have all kinds of honey in our store–huckleberry, raspberry, blueberry, and much more. It’s very simple to make very good flavored honey butter by simply adding butter to flavored honey.  My favorites are peach and strawberry rhubarb.


Cinnamon Vanilla Honey Butter

This is a very good honey butter.  Be sure to use a good quality vanilla.

1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup honey
3/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat softened butter and honey together along with the cinnamon and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.


Banana Pecan Honey Butter

This was a crowd pleaser.  We served it to both customers and staff and everyone was enthusiastic.  It takes a good banana flavor.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon banana flavoring

Beat softened butter and honey together along with the pecans and banana flavoring until smooth and fluffy.


Strawberry Cream Cheese Honey Butter

You can add cream cheese to most honey butters for a little richer spread.  This is a great honey butter.

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon strawberry flavoring
I drop red food coloring, if desired

Beat softened butter, honey, cream cheese, and strawberry flavoring together until smooth and fluffy. Stir in the food coloring, if desired.


Raspberry Jam Honey Butter

We wondered how jam or jelly and honey would go together.  It worked fine, especially with tart flavors like raspberry and or currant.

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

Beat softened butter, honey, and jam together until smooth and fluffy.


Huckleberry Honey Butterhoney

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup huckleberry honey

Beat softened butter and honey together until smooth and fluffy.