Mention butter molds, and we immediately flash back to Little House on the Prairie. Remember Ma's special butter mold?! We love the idea of passing a creamy butter rose around our holiday table or setting a little heart-shaped pat on the edge of each person's plate. It would be just the right touch to make a meal feel special!
Butter molds were originally made from carved wood, but flexible silicone is more typical these days. Softened fresh butter gets packed into the mold and then placed somewhere cool until the butter is firm enough to hold the shape.
Some molds simply emboss a flower or leaves on the top of a round of butter. Others form it into shapes like roses, lambs, or baby chicks. If you're feeling very crafty, you could freeze butter and then carve it yourself!
Here are a few butter molds we found:
• Polish Easter Chick Butter Mold, $14.95 from Amazon.com
• Silicone Leaf and Flower Molds, $9.99 from Amazon.com
• Paderno Wooden Flower Imprint Butter Mold, $45.10 from Culinary Kitchnware
• Paderno Bird Imprint Butter Stamp, $18.70 from Culinary Kitchenware
• There's also a whole selection of individual pat-sized butter molds over at Sugar Craft!
Have you ever made molded butter?
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