Butter is freshly whipped from cream, then mixed with orange blossom honey, fresh orange zest, and salt, for a decadent butter that’s perfect for pancakes, waffles, and more.

Orange Butter - Scooped on White Dish with Pancakes in Background
Butter whipped at home is just divine, and to me, there is nothing better for a weekend brunch than buttermilk pancakes with homemade orange honey butter on top.  Some homemade butter recipes merely instruct you to melt some butter, mix some stuff into it, then stick it back in the fridge, but that’s not what we’re doing here.  We are going to whip some heavy cream with a mixer until it separates into butter and true buttermilk.  Once you make your butter like this from scratch, you’ll be trying all sorts of butters, like herb butters for steak, cinnamon butter for waffles, and so on.  Let me take you through the process:

Start by whisking heavy cream, honey, and orange zest.

In the first few minutes, the mixture will turn into orange honey whipped cream:

Orange Peel Butter - Whipped in Stand Mixer with Whisk Attachment

After a couple more minutes, the mixture will start to clump up, and by the 7 or 8 minutes mark, the butter will really separate from a liquid that collects at the bottom of the bowl.  This is true buttermilk!

Buttermilk Separating from Cream in Stand Mixer Bowl

Once the butter has clumped up, scoop it out from the bowl and it’s now ready to be spread on toast or pancakes.

Orange Butter - Scooped on White Dish with Pancakes in Background

Homemade Orange Honey Butter

Butter is freshly whipped from cream, then mixed with orange blossom honey, fresh orange zest, and salt, for a decadent butter that's perfect for pancakes, waffles, and more.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp orange blossom honey
  • zest of one orange
  • pinch of salt

Instructions 

  • Place the whipping cream, honey, orange zest, and salt into a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and turn the mixer on as high as you can go without splattering cream everywhere (medium high for me). It will take about 10 minutes to take your whipping cream to the butter stage. Let’s break it down.
  • In the first few minutes, the mixture will turn into orange honey whipped cream.
  • After a couple more minutes, the mixture will start to clump up, and by the 7 or 8 minutes mark, the butter will really separate from a liquid that collects at the bottom of the bowl. This is true buttermilk!
  • Once the butter has clumped up, scoop it out from the bowl and form it into whatever shape you like. I usually use a disher to portion it out into little balls. Spread it on pancakes, muffins, toast, whatever your heart desires. Enjoy!!!

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 120mg, Sodium: 75mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.