(Tory Zimmerman/The Globe and Mail)

Easy sweet and savoury flavoured butters

The Globe and Mail

Compound butter is simply a mixture of butter and other flavourings. Try the savoury version over steamed vegetables, with hot fish or spread on a sandwich.The sweet butter is great served at brunch on fresh bread or crumpets.

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Savoury butter

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon anchovy paste

generous dash of hot sauce

zest of 1 lime

Sweet butter

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 finely chopped dates

1 tablespoon honey

¼ tsp sea salt


Mix the ingredients for either the savoury or the sweet butter together in a bowl with a fork. Taste and adjust seasoning. Put the mixture into a small ramekin and put in the fridge to allow to firm up.

You can also spread the butter about 1/2-inch thick on a tray and cut out individual portions with a circle cutter.