Day 10 – Brandy Butter

Christmas 5 093

Stop, hold on, before you switch off thinking you’re not keen on brandy butter!  I wasn’t either, until I made my own!  Wow what a revelation I can’t believe I’ve been missing out all this time!

Two versions from me, a brandy butter and a Baileys butter too.  Stored in the freezer in individual portions so there’s no waste either.

If you love a good spread of butter on your toast, teacakes or slice of fruit cake then this is definitely right up your street!


Brandy Butter

125g butter, salted

125g icing sugar

zest of 1/2 orange or 1 clementine

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or seeds scraped from 1/2 pod

3 tbsps of brandy

Baileys Butter

125g butter, salted

125g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or seeds scraped from 1/2 pod

3 tbsps of Baileys


To begin with you need your butter nicely softened at room temperature.  Use your favourite butter,  I’m using a thoroughly lovely Cornish butter from Rodda’s.


Add the softened butter to a bowl with the zest.

Christmas 5 006

Beat it together well.

Christmas 5 007

Add  the icing sugar 1/3rd at time and beat it well after each addition.

Christmas 5 009

Now you should have a super light and creamy mixture.

Christmas 5 011

Add the vanilla bean paste and begin to add the brandy 1 tablespoon at a time giving it a great beating after each.  After 3 tbsps taste it and see if you prefer it stronger.  You can add upto 5 tbsps before any more and you’d risk it splitting.  Beating it super well after each tablespoon is the trick here.

Christmas 5 012

Christmas 5 013

For the Baileys version beat the butter and then work in the icing sugar 1/3rd at a time before starting to add the Baileys along with the vanilla bean paste and beating well.

Christmas 5 021 Christmas 5 022

Christmas 5 097

Now of course you can just put it in a tub and store it that way, but that wouldn’t be as much fun would it?

Add it to a piping bag fitted with a large open star nozzle.

Line a baking tray with baking paper, greasing the base of the tray will keep it stuck down in place.

Christmas 5 016

Pipe out little individual stars of brandy butter.

Christmas 5 018

Place the tray in the freezer for 1 hour.

Take out the tray, release the stars and place them in a freezer bag.  Store them in the freezer until you need them.

Christmas 5 025 Christmas 5 026

They defrost quickly so you only need to take them out of the freezer a little in advance – 20 minutes should do the trick.

Add them to warm mince pies or top your Christmas Pud with them – enjoy!

Christmas 5 106

Brandy Butter

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
This entry was posted in Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas. Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Day 10 – Brandy Butter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.