Four Compound Butters

The Black Cat Kitchen
by The Black Cat Kitchen
2 Cups
25 min

It seems everyone has been brushing up on their baking skills over the past few months. I certainly am among them! My go-to is usually a no-knead sourdough or something thick like a 5-grain rye, (Recipes coming later... icon ).

However, what is fresh-baked bread without butter to go on top? I am a big fan of classic butter, and often just use that. But, there is something special about having a rich a flavorful butter to put atop breads, or eggs, or roasted meats, or grilled corn on the cob, roasted get the idea!

I have made 4 savory and sweet varieties for you to try:

1) Cilantro/lime zest/poblano

2) Macadamia nuts/honey/orange zest

3) Garlic/lemon zest/chives

4) Chipotle in adobo sauce/cashews/cumin/smoky paprika


Recipe details
  • 2  Cups
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp finely diced poblano pepper
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped and toasted Macadamia nuts
  • 2 Tbsp honey (I liked wildflower citrus varieties)
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp finely diced chipotle in adobo sauce (include a little sauce)!
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoky paprika
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted cashews, rough chop (no need to toast unless you would like)
For all butters
Dice and prep ingredients
Slightly soften butter and beat with electric mixed until light and fluffy.
Add in ingredients separately and stir into butter
Roll butter into log (about 4-5 inches) inside of parchment or wax paper. (You may need to chill the butter a bit first)
Twist the ends, so you have a little log of butter
Keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks or freezer for 2 months!
  • Use high-quality butter as your base. I recommend Kerrygold unsalted.
  • I recommend doing at least a sweet and savory at the same time so that you have those options ready to go in your freezer!
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  • Liz Liz on Sep 26, 2020

    Missed the cashews in the Chipotle Cashew butter. How many to add?

    • The Black Cat Kitchen The Black Cat Kitchen on Sep 26, 2020

      Hi Liz, thanks so much for letting me know! I have added it in now. You will need about 2 Tbsp cashews. I use unsalted and give a rough chop to keep some texture. Feel free to use more or less to taste! Enjoy!

  • Talented Talented on Oct 01, 2020

    A butter with just granulated garlic. Goes good on steaks, corn and crabs.