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How To Make Brandy Butter

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Brandy butter is the perfect accompaniment to the sweet tastes of the festive season. Served with mince pies or Christmas cake, brandy butter will add an element of richness and luxury.
What you'll need: 
150g softened unsalted butter
4-6 tbsp quality brandy
150g soft brown sugar
2 tbsp boiling water
1: 
Place the soft unsalted butter in a clean, medium-sized bowl. Work the butter around the bowl with the back of a spoon or a spatula until well softened.
2: 
Slowly add the sugar and begin mixing with a spoon or a spatula. Work the mixture until the butter is 'creamed', becoming pale with the sugar well mixed in.
3: 
Add 2 tbsp of boiling water and 4-6 tbsp of quality brandy to the sugar and butter mixture. The boiling water will ensure all the ingredients are well distributed and the sugar fully dissolved.
4: 
Place the brandy butter in an airtight container and store in the fridge until needed.
Conclusion: 
Brandy butter is a quick, simple and cost-effective way to add something extra to desserts, both during the festive season and beyond.
Tips: 
Aged rum can be used in place of brandy if desired.
Cinnamon, nutmeg or fresh vanilla seeds can be added to the butter for an extra flavour dimension.
Warnings: 
Only warm the amount of butter you intend to use at any particular time rather than repeatedly heating the whole lot.

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