Happy Friday everybody!
This morning I was just so jazzed about the fact that is it Friday and we are heading into what will be an exceptionally sunny and gorgeous Vancouver weekend, I felt like a sweet and simple blog post was in order – so in keeping with that theme, I am going to make this one nice and short and sweet 🙂
If you are anything like me, I can safely assume that you can really get down and jiggy with a simple piece (or two) of whole wheat toast for breakfast in the morning. Are we on the same page here? Ever since I was a little girl I have always been absolutely smitten with toast – to me not only is it the ultimate in a simple on-the-go breakfast options, but it can also be dressed up and elegantly enjoyed as a breakfast in bed meal option for those lazy weekend mornings. (Such as this weekend… woot woot!)
Is it weird that I like toast so much? Perhaps the thing I love so much about toast, is that no matter how much I eat it, I never seem to tire of it. Toast is never boring because let’s face it, it can be enjoyed with just about anything! For instance; Some mornings I like to keep it simple and enjoy a piece with a generous helping of butter, and I am content to just revel in that buttery goodness as it melts from the heat of my freshly toasted whole wheat bread… mmm butter… Other times, I savour that lip smacking goodness that can only come from a hefty dollop of smooth peanut butter on a piece of crunchy toast oh sweet lord I think I’m drooling on my keyboard. ; And more often than not, I devour my toast with a nice dollop of sweet, sweet jam… mmmm yes, strawberry, raspberry blueberry, apricot, blackberry – whatever I have in the fridge to satisfy my daily jam cravings (p.s I am a jam addict.)
have I got you craving toast yet? Well pull out your toaster baby, because I have a recipe for the most amazing toast topping that will have you swapping your usual butter & jam toast combo for this sweet and tangy option. Honestly this recipe is to die for… I mean you can eat it on toast and it is lovely, but you can also just eat it with a spoon… which I highly recommend trying 😀
Apricot-Orange Honey Butter
Things you need…
1/3 cup butter, room temp
1/2 package (125g) of cream cheese, room temp
1/4 cup icing sugar
4 tbsp apricot jam
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp orange zest
1/4 tsp vanilla
How to make…
In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth and there are no lumps. Add in the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add apricot jam, honey, orange zest and vanilla. Whip until fluffy – about 2-3 minutes.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container or jar in your fridge for up to two weeks.
There you have it, a recipe for Apricot-Orange Honey Butter that will have you looking at toast with a whole new set of eyes ladies and gentlemen! I love this recipe – the sweetness from the honey is perfectly balanced by the richness of the butter and cream cheese and the addition of the apricot jam and orange next gives a great tangyness and acidity that makes this whole combination absolutely irresistible. This recipe makes a nice amount of honey butter, so simply store it in an airtight container or jar in your fridge and enjoy for the next couple of weeks to come (or as long as it lasts… for me it’s usually no more than a couple of days ;p )
So if you are looking for something sweet to do for your hunny this weekend, but let’s say you usually aren’t one with preparing complex foods in the kitchen – well then give this recipe a try because this honey butter takes no more than five minutes to whip up! If you can make toast, you can also make this honey butter – just throw the ingredients together while your bread is toasting and trust me, whoever you serve it up to with be putty in your hands! Even if you don’t have apricot jam on hand, this recipe can be easily altered – just swap the apricot jam out for raspberry or strawberry or blueberry…etc, whatever you have in your pantry! Changing up the jams will just be a flavour variation, but have no fear because the end result will surely be equally delicious!
Although this Apricot-Orange Honey Butter pairs divinely with a simple piece of toast, it can also be used for oh so much more! Serve up this butter with pancakes, muffins, waffles, scones, crepes – anything your little heart desires! I would love to hear what you paired yours with!
So this morning I tied to be sensible and apply the rules of “portion control” to my breakfast, and as you can see from the pictures here I only had one piece of toast with my cappuccino this morning. I must say that I was very proud of myself at the time, however as I sit here and write about all of the delicious ways to eat toast, I am finding my will power to stick with just one piece is quickly dwindling…… annnndddddd it’s officially gone – so please excuse me while I go make another piece… ;p
Happy Toasting <3