Thursday, November 21, 2019

My First Friendsgiving

I recently joined a group of ladies who meet every Monday morning for a water color painting class.  You might recall that learning to paint with water colors was among the first eleven goals I listed on my 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge. I've only been a few times, but they are such a fun group of ladies and I am really enjoying myself!

As it happened, at my very first class someone mentioned getting together for Friendsgiving, and sweet as they are, even though they'd only just me me, they invited me to come.  By that time it had already been determined who was bringing what, and with most of the bases covered, they asked if I could bring rolls.

So yesterday, as I was finishing up my Thanksgiving shopping, I was perplexed about what type of roll to bring.  My absolute favorite, and what we will be using for our Thanksgiving meal, is Sister Schubert's, and I briefly considered them. But in the end I didn't want to bring anything that had to be popped into the oven. I'm not sure exactly what time we are eating, I know we are meeting at noon, but my guess is that oven space may be tight and if all the other food was ready to eat, I would hate for us to have to wait for the rolls.  So I decided instead on classic club rolls.

When I got home, I began rethinking my decision.  My offering of rolls seemed meager, especially when they were not even home made. And that was when I got the idea to make up a couple of different variations of compound butter.

I had seen this idea on Pinterest several times and even pinned a few recipes, but this was my first time making them.  And all I can say, is HOLY SMOKE! Who knew that just by adding a few spices and other ingredients to butter that it would make it so decadent!  And it was so easy!

I chose two different recipes;

❈ Cranberry Orange Pecan Compound Butter

1 stick unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon dried cranberries
1 Tablespoon small pecan chips (I used these!)
 Zest of one orange

Allow butter to reach room temperature.  Using an electric mixer, whip until fluffy.  Stir in pecans, cranberries and orange zest.

Place in mason jar, or you can make a roll by placing the butter on a piece of parchment or wax paper and rolling it up and twisting the ends.

Place in refrigerator overnight to allow flavors to blend.

*Rolls pictured are a separate package. I wouldn't take "handled" rolls to share with my friends! :)


 Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Compound Butter

1 Stick of Butter
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Allow butter to reach room temperature.  Using an electric mixer, whip until fluffy.  Add brown sugar and cinnamon and mix until combined.

Place in mason jar, or you can make a roll by placing the butter on a piece of parchment or wax paper and rolling it up and twisting the ends.

Place in refrigerator overnight to allow flavors to blend.

Making this butter just added such a nice touch to what may have otherwise been a boring presentation.  You can really see the pretty tray in the picture very well, but its one that I've had for years.  It's plastic, but on one side it looks like wood and is adorned with acorns all around the edges. I actually have two of them, and they have both held up well for as much as I have used them.

I can't wait to join my friends for our feast, and to share these delicious recipes!

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