1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and finely chopped
3 tablespoons powdered sugar, or adjust to taste
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
A pinch of sea salt
Begin by ensuring the butter is adequately softened to room temperature for easy whipping, avoiding melting.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whip the softened butter until it becomes light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
Carefully fold in the chopped strawberries, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt with a spatula, mixing just enough to evenly incorporate the strawberries while preserving some chunks for texture.
Adjust the sweetness according to your taste, keeping in mind the natural sweetness of the strawberries.
Place the Strawberry Butter in a serving dish for immediate use, or for a more formal presentation, shape it into a log using plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, which also facilitates slicing.
Chill the Strawberry Butter for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to integrate fully.
Variations & Tips:
For an added burst of flavor, incorporate a teaspoon of freshly grated lemon zest.
Outside of strawberry season, high-quality strawberry preserves can be a suitable substitute, though adjust the added sugars as needed.
Create mini Strawberry Butters for special occasions by shaping the butter in an ice cube tray, providing a unique and elegant serving option.
Keep the Strawberry Butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, enjoying its softening texture and rich flavor with each use.
Strawberry Butter is a testament to the beauty of simplicity in enhancing everyday meals with a touch of gourmet sophistication. Enjoy this delightful spread as a special treat that brings a sense of occasion to the simplest of dishes.