I was a timid 16 year old in the summer of 1987. Up to that point, my life had been built around family, church, and school. Shy and sheltered as I was, though, I knew there was more world to experience and I longed to get my hands on it. I got my chance that summer when I became one of twenty-plus students to participate in a mini-exchange program through the Rotary Club. For three weeks, my family hosted a girl from Germany and for three weeks I lived with her family in Germany.
During the three weeks that the German students were in Texas, the Rotary Club hosted a trip for all of us to Austin. We did all the things you do in a state’s capitol, but one of the things I remember most about that trip was the cafe that served us croissants with strawberries blended into soft butter.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? I mean, strawberries and butter mixed together, how mind-blowing can that really be? What a delight, though. So refreshing on a hot summer’s day. At the time it represented what could be–new possibilities, fresh ideas, future discoveries.
I went on to travel further from home for longer periods of time, each time tasting new flavors, trying new things, broadening my horizons, as my dad would say. I had all but forgotten that simple discovery of fresh fruit mixed with butter until last week when I mixed up my first batch of homemade butter. Something about it was so comfortingly familiar, but there was something more that would make it even better: fruit.
Below is how I turned homemade butter into homemade butter with fruit.
Mix up a batch of homemade butter in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
Add two or three tablespoons of your favorite fruit. It can be fresh strawberries, peaches, blackberries, whatever is in season and to your liking. Make sure to chop or mash the fruit until it’s blendable. Alternatively, add two or three tablespoons of your favorite fruit butter or jam, like the one shown in the picture below.
Mix the butter and fruit until they are thoroughly blended.
Smear onto your favorite bread or pastry and prepare for your world to expand!