Brandy and vanilla butter

December 14th 2016
By: Melanie
Brandy and vanilla butter

So there is plenty of preparation to be done in the kitchen for Christmas and it can all be a bit busy. But whether you are hosting the entire family for a few days or just having the neighbours round for a quiet drink or a cup of tea to toast the season there is one very simple treat that is a must at Christmas time- Brandy butter. This extra special twist on homemade brandy butter is a delight and will add a bit of extra twinkle to any mince pie, Christmas pudding or any alternative for those who don’t like the traditional fruit puddings.
You will need:
200g salted butter, softened
175g icing sugar
1 tsp  of vanilla paste, or seeds scraped from 1 vanilla pod
5-7 tbsp of brandy
So easy to make, all you have to do is beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl until it is pale, then whisk in the brandy, one tablespoon at a time, until you are happy with the taste, so it can be as strong or as light a touch as you like. When you are done just scrape the mixture into a serving bowl and chill it in the fridge for 1 hr keeping it for up to 3 days, before serving. You can surprisingly freeze it for up to a month so if you don’t eat it all at Christmas you can finish it off in the New Year.