All dinners are special, but some dinners are *extra* special. It could be a romantic date, a dinner party, or a family birthday. Whatever the occasion is, sometimes you want to take things up a notch. You’re already preparing a beautiful meal, you’ve set the table, and maybe even arranged a few flowers. If you’re looking for a memorable touch to make your table stand out, go for fancy butter. Learn how to use a butter mold below.
Pick your butter mold
There’s a mold for everything. Don’t limit your self to hearts and flowers (even though those can be cute, of course). You can use traditional wooden butter molds, but if you’re looking for an unconventional design, you’ll need to branch out. Most silicone molds can be used to shape butter, but they may be labeled as soap or candle molds. Just be sure to choose a flat mold—three-dimensional candle molds will be too difficult to work with.
If you’re using a wooden mold, soak it in cold water for about 30 minutes before filling it with butter. This will prevent the butter from sticking.
Prepare your butter
Let the butter sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. The butter should be soft enough to squish, but still quite solid. If it’s too warm, it won’t capture the detail of the mold.
Mold the butter
Use a silicone spatula or flat knife to push and spread the softened butter into the mold. Push down to avoid any air pockets. If you’re using a wooden mold, set entire filled mold in the refrigerator to harden for an hour. For silicone molds, save time by placing the filled mold in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Remove and plate
Once the butter has thoroughly hardened, it’s time to take it out of the mold. Wooden molds may have a plunger. Just push this plunger down to release the butter. Flip silicone molds over and press the mold to pop the butter out. Serve the butter flat on the plate or stand it up vertically.
Your butter is sure to impress.