Breakfast Butters - to keep each morning interesting! Toasted Garlic, Cumin, and Cartelized Onion; Golden Chai Raisin; Honey Lavender // Blanche & Thirteenth

Since discovering this truly delicious Gluten Free Bread recipe, we have been gobbling up boule’s and bagels at an impressive rate.  We have nearly a year of bread-free life to make up for, after-all.  In all of this, it’s become clear that butter* alone, just doesn’t cut it.  I love a good slather of creamy and salty butter on my morning toast, but after a few days, my tastebuds are asking for a bit more.

Enter, breakfast butters.  These are simple compound butters, that call on some of those favorite morning flavor combinations.  I’m talking everything [bagel], cinnamon raisin, and the like – but with a bit of an elevated flavor (think toasted garlic, and chai-like spices).  They have made a staying mark on our toast situation, and have even made their way into the lunch and dinner scene.

* Our favorite non-dairy butter is Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Sticks (or) Spread.

Breakfast Butters - to keep each morning interesting! Golden Chai Raisin // Blanche & ThirteenthBreakfast Butters - to keep each morning interesting! Golden Chai Raisin // Blanche & ThirteenthGolden Chai Raisin

A blend of heartwarming and health promoting spices, studded with sweet golden raisins.

2 Tbl golden raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 + 1/8 tsp turmeric
heaping 1/8 tsp cardamon
4 Tbl (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature

1.  Soak raisins in hot water for a few minutes. *Optional – once soaked, roughly or finely chop
2.  Thoroughly mix all spices and raisins into the butter.

Breakfast Butters - to keep each morning interesting! Toasted Garlic, Cumin, and Cartelized Onion // Blanche & ThirteenthBreakfast Butters - to keep each morning interesting! Toasted Garlic, Cumin, and Cartelized Onion // Blanche & ThirteenthElevated Everything Blend

There’s everything + some swagger, in this savory blend.

1/4 large onion (any variety), sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp cumin seed
Olive oil
4 Tbl (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature

1.  Heat a medium sized sauté pan over medium heat.  Once hot, toast the cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes, until you smell their fragrance.  Make sure to shake the pan often, to avoid burning.  Remove seeds from the pan.
2.  Heat a small glug of olive oil in the already heated pan.  Once oil is ready, add chopped garlic.  Shake pan continuously, to avoid burning the garlic.  It should be crisp within 1 minute or less.  Promptly remove garlic from the pan.
3.  Turn the heat to medium-high, and add a small glug of olive oil.  Once pan is heated, add sliced onions.  Cook, moving every 1-2 minutes, until a nice brown shade has developed over much of the onion.  Turn heat down to medium-low, and continue to cook, stirring every few minutes, until the onions are fully caramelized.  Remove onions, and finely chop.
4.  Thoroughly mix onion, garlic and cumin seed into the butter.

Breakfast Butters - to keep each morning interesting! Honey Lavender // Blanche & ThirteenthBreakfast Butters - to keep each morning interesting! Honey Lavender // Blanche & ThirteenthHoney Lavender

Sweet, with an earthy aromatic note – simplicity at it’s best.

2 Tbl honey
1 Tbl culinary lavender
OR a store-bought heavily-fragranced lavender honey
4 Tbl (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature

1.  Place honey and lavender into small saucepan and bring to a bare-simmer.  Turn off the heat, place a lid on the pot, and let it steep for 40 minutes.
2.  Strain lavender buds from the honey, making sure to press the honey to release all of it’s flavor.
3.  Thoroughly mix the lavender honey into the butter. (If you find that your honey is very sticky, give it a quick zap in the microwave, or warm over the stove, to loosen it up.)

Breakfast Butters - to keep each morning interesting! Honey Lavender // Blanche & Thirteenth

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