(This post was originally published on my innkeeping blog in 2010. But it’s perfect for this time of year when strawberries are in season! Enjoy.)
It’s the little things that make a meal special. For breakfast, sometimes it’s as simple as the perfect cup of coffee. But some innkeepers put in a little extra love and effort to make breakfast memorable. Crisp ironed linens, fresh flowers and fine china. I always get nervous when they serve on fine china because I’m usually kind of a clumsy sleepy head and not feeling all that fancy in the first half of the day.
Andrew Inn & Cottages in Key West adds that extra touch my making their own flavored butter. Strawberry Mango Honey Butter. What a way to liven up a plain piece of toast. On my busy mornings, I sometimes only have time for coffee and an English muffin. But this recipe makes my boring busy morning breakfast into a treat.
I couldn’t find fresh mangos anywhere this time of year, so I just used strawberries since they are in season here in Florida. It will make a great extra little touch for a Valentine’s Day breakfast. Now if I could only find a heart shaped butter mold.
Simple ingredients … butter, strawberries, honey and preserves.
I chopped up the butter to make it easier to mix once it softened. The strawberries were really ripe and sweet, so they were kind of hard to “chop” without creating a bit pile of red mush. It was also hard to not want to eat them all!
First whip the softened butter, then blend in the rest of the ingredients.
Butter is almost too rich to lick the bowl … but it’s tempting!
“Unbuttered toast is a substance half complete, and to be forced to eat it in that state is necessarily to feel deprived.” -John Thorne
Strawberry Mango Honey-Butter
from Andrews Inn, Key West Florida
- 1lb of butter
- 4 large strawberries
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 3 large tbs of strawberry preserves
- Let butter soften to room temperature in a large bowl, then whip the butter until it reaches a smooth creamy consistency.
- Finely chop the strawberries and add to the bowl.
- Add half a cup of honey and the strawberry preserves and once again whip until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- Spoon into three medium containers keep one in the refrigerator, and freeze the rest until needed. Will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about two weeks.