Christmas is celebrated on December 25 every year and is known to be the best time of the year in the Christian calendar. Although Christmas is a Christian festival, but over the years, it has gained global recognition. This festival commemorates the birth anniversary of Christ and hence, has great religious significance for all Christians across the world. People spread love and happiness by organizing lavish parties, dinners, and the grand Christmas feast. Like every meal, Christmas feast is incomplete without traditional Christmas desserts. Amongst them, brandy butter is a delicious topping without which any pudding or pie seems imperfect. Brandy butter is a sweet, hard sauce made with soft butter, brown or icing sugar, and brandy or rum. This yummy delicacy has an interesting history behind its usage. It has been popular as a perfect companion to the Christmas pudding since the Victorian Era in Britain. In fact, it is said that Queen Victoria herself was partial to brandy butter during Christmas dinner. Since then, brandy butter has become an essential part of Christmas dinner tables in the British households. It is typically served with plum pudding, bread pudding, Indian pudding, hasty pudding, and other heavy puddings, along with fruitcakes and gingerbread. Although many confectioners and bakery sell brandy butter during the festive season, but making one at home is a different feel altogether. Learn how to make brandy butter by following the easy recipe listed in the lines below.
Here are some tips on how to make brandy butter desserts at home.
- 100 g soft, unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
- 225 g Icing Sugar or soft dark Brown Sugar
- 4-6 tbsp Brandy or Cognac
- Place the soft butter in a large baking bowl. Beat this butter with an electric hand whisk until it turns light and creamy.
- Add icing sugar or brown sugar and mix until the mixture turns smooth.
- Pour brandy or cognac, according to your taste. Stir until well blended.
- Store this brandy butter in the refrigerator for few minutes to allow it settle down.
- Your brandy butter is ready to serve. Serve it with mince pie or Christmas pudding.
- Instead of using an electric hand whisk, you can blend butter and sugar together in a food processor as well.
- When you add brandy to butter, taste the mixture. If it tastes bitter, add more sugar to it.
- If you add too much brandy, the mixture may curdle but, there is nothing to worry. Simply add more sugar until the mixture binds back together.
- This brandy butter can be made up to 5 days in advance.