This sweet and salty homemade whipped vanilla butter combines good butter with sweet vanilla seeds, flakey sea salt, and a little powdered sugar, and it is the perfect topping for Southern Buttermilk Biscuits with Self Rising Flour, cornbread, or rosemary dinner rolls!
Why you will love this recipe:
Creamy compound butter is the best way to elevate any dinner or gathering! It's so easy to make, and it makes such a lasting impression! You could also easily put this butter in butter molds after whipping it together for a real show-stopper!
This recipe is so delicious because it combines already great-tasting high-fat European-style butter with vanilla and a little powdered sugar. Using high-fat butter ensures that the flavor of the butter is the star of the show and that the vanilla and sugar just sweeten the already great butter. I used Kerry Gold, but any premium butter will do! Pulgra, Danish Creamery, and Vermont Creamery are also fabulous.
- Unsalted Butter: High-fat European-style butter is key because they have more fat and flavor than American table butter. Trust me; you won't go back to ordinary butter once you step up your butter game and use high-fat butter.
- Vanilla pods: seeds from vanilla pods deliver a more potent and intense vanilla flavor. You could substitute for vanilla extract, but you may need to add more sugar to ensure the butter doesn't become too watery.
- Flakey Salt: flakey salt adds a salty flavor, and since the flakey granules are so big, it also adds a wonderful texture to the butter!
- Powdered Sugar: a little sugar adds a little sweetness and a little more structure to the butter.
How to make this recipe:
Using a knife, cut the vanilla pods in half lengthwise, exposing the seeds. Then use the knife to scrape out the seeds.
Add the butter, vanilla seeds, sugar, and salt to a mixing bowl.
Beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth!
Serve with biscuits, cornbread, or fried chicken!
Tips for success:
- This recipe is so easy the only trick is to use room-temperature butter. It helps the vanilla and sugar blend together.
- Serve at room temperature so that it is easily spreadable.
It will keep for up to three days at room temperature or for one month in the refrigerator.
Yes, substitute for 4 teaspoon vanilla extract or 4 teaspoon vanilla paste. You may want to add more powdered sugar to keep the butter from getting too watery.
This sweet and salty homemade whipped vanilla butter combines good butter with sweet vanilla seeds, flakey sea salt, and a little powdered sugar.
- 1 cup good unsalted butter like Kerry Gold
- 2 vanilla pods
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- ½ tsp flakey sea salt
- Let the butter come to room temperature.
- Using a knife, cut the vanilla pods in half lengthwise, exposing the seeds. Then use the knife to scrape out the seeds.
- Add the butter, vanilla seeds, sugar, and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth!
- Serve with biscuits, cornbread, or fried chicken!