The pleasure of eating honey butter is as simple and straightforward as the ingredients necessary.

Honey. Butter. Honey Butter.

From one part honey, you get a warm natural sweetness. From 2 parts butter, you get a smooth medium which distributes the sweetness over your bread or food of choice with even precision. If your butter is salted, well, everyone knows how a little touch of salt can make hot chocolate or hot cocoa taste that much sweeter.

My mother usually let the butter (sometimes margarine) sit out overnight to let it soften, after which she'd add the honey and blend it with a mixer. She made honey butter a staple of family picnics in my youth. Over sweet rolls, sourdough or cornbread, honey butter was something she could not make enough of.

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