Have you noticed the price of butter these days? I keep seeing "sales" that are 2/$5 (1 pound packages) and a limit, at that! Thankfully, our butter from Costco was still 4 pounds for about $9 last week.
When I mentioned the rising price of butter to Joshua -- and how we can use a whole stick of butter just making toast for the family on the weekend! -- he promptly got out some butter, a mixing bowl, and the hand mixer.
We've had this recipe for soft butter spread on our website for years, but had stopped making it. Now, I have a nice big bowl of spreadable butter that will also make my sticks of butter last a lot longer!
Not only is there air whipped into the butter, there's some oil added (use olive oil if you're health conscious, or for a better flavor) and some water.
That's right -- for every cup of butter, there is 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of WATER! And we don't even notice. It wets the toast nicely. ;) Actually, you really won't notice the water on your toast. Seriously. :)
What to use this soft butter spread for:
Buttering bread or toast
On top of pancakes or waffles
To make grilled cheese sandwiches (they'll be extra crispy!)
On top of baked potatoes
In mashed potatoes
What NOT to use this soft butter spread for:
Greasing cookie sheets (the oil will bake on and could be hard to remove)
In baking recipes -- which are scientific formulas (Your cookies most likely WILL notice the 1/2 cup of water!)
So next time you cringe at the price of butter... make this soft butter spread! :)