Compound Coconut Oil “Butters” are perfect homemade gifts for all the foodies on your list
– including the vegan ones!
The time of year has come when all my people are figuring out what special homemade foodie treats we’ll be making for the foodies on our list. This year: the basic concept of compound butter (such a great flavor enhancer for so many things), but made with coconut oil instead. Perfect for all food lovers, including the vegan, paleo, or otherwise dairy-free ones, and they last for ages on the shelf, too!
Really easy as can be. Pick one or two (or all) of the flavor combinations laid out below, and play around with other variations if you like, of course! I like the sturdiness of small mason jars, but you can use any container you desire.
- 4 cups coconut oil (1 cup per ingredient combination below) each:
- MAPLE HONEY:
- *3 cinnamon sticks - to infuse
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- fresh nutmeg, a few passes along the microplane
- zest of one orange
- CHILE GARLIC:
- *3 cloves garlic - to infuse
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- pinch salt
- LEMONGRASS GINGER:
- *1 stalk lemongrass, outer layer peeled - to infuse
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- zest of one lime
- pinch of salt
- SCARBOROUGH FAIR:
- *2 sprigs rosemary - to infuse
- 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
- zest of about ½ lemon
- pinch salt
- With each of the 4 flavor combination, you'll start with one cup coconut oil and the infusion ingredient, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Like so:
- Heat 1 cup oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add infusion (cinnamon sticks, garlic cloves, lemongrass stalks, or rosemary sprigs). Give a stir and then reduce heat to low. Allow to steep for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat, discard the infusion ingredient, and pour into mixing bowl. Allow to cool so that the oil begins to solidify over the next hour or two. Hang out in the kitchen doing something else.
- When the oil has softened but is not totally hard, stir in the remaining ingredients for that flavor combination. You can do this in several stages; one advantage of doing this is that it helps to prevent all the ingredients from sinking to the bottom, keeping them suspended throughout the mixture).
- While still soft enough to stir, divide between containers, ones made of glass, ideally. (1/4 cup is a nice small gift, or you could give the whole shebang to one lucky recipient, or anything in between.) If it becomes too hard, no big deal, just pop in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time until stirrable again, or set container in a dish of hot water to soften.
— posted by Anne