Sweet Leaf

Finding Beauty through Baking ~by Susan Baxter-Peace

To Butter or not to Butter? March 18, 2013

Filed under: Ingredient Insights — sweetleafsusie @ 7:00 am
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I thought that since I’m now over a year old I would branch out a little bit and do more of an opinion piece this week than a practical one; and it has more to do with eating a baked good than producing one.

I remember back in highschool getting together with some friends and having biscuits with strawberry jam, and one friend was horrified at the thought of spreading jam on a biscuit without putting butter on it first. I hadn’t really thought much about it, sometimes I put butter on my toast before the jam, and sometimes I didn’t. It wasn’t a necessity for me. But after that I started to wonder if I was crazy for not always putting butter on first.

butter (4)I searched it online a few months ago, just out of curiosity, and discovered that some people had pretty strong opinions on this subject, it was quite surprising. Now, I’ve never been one to jump into a conflict, I tend to take a pretty neutral stance on things; but since reading some of these things, and having some time to taste and think it over I have decided to weigh in on the issue.

I think butter acts as a lubricant for dry toast, making it easier to eat and easier to enjoy whatever spread adorns it. I think if you use salted butter, it enhances the flavours of whatever spread is used. I don’t think butter is mandatory, especially if you are trying to watch what you eat; leaving it off is an easy way to cut down on a small bit of fat consumption. I do not think butter should be used if you are using peanut butter as your main spread. I do think that if you have honey on your toast, or cinnamon sugar, butter is a must, there’s just something about those combinations. And my final thought is that we live in a society where people should be free to use or not use butter on their toast and biscuits without fear of being judged either way. So you can use butter or not, and I will not think any less of you; even if you disagree with me and think butter with peanut butter is a good thing.

I may judge you, however, if you use shortening. That’s just gross.

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3 Responses to “To Butter or not to Butter?”

  1. Susan Gibson Says:

    Phew! I am glad you gave your blessing to using butter and peanut butter together 🙂 I find it just goes down better when you have both, even though you double the calories. I have tried it with just peanut butter and it just isn’t the same – ♫ a spoon full of butter makes the peanut butter go down ♫
    Keep up the good work – I am always delighted to see a Sweet Leaf update!

    • Deborah E Kaye Says:

      Oh, I agree!! We live in a society where people SHOULD BE free to use butter or not; to use sugar or not. I echo what Auntie Susan said: Keep up the good work!

    • I think it also depends on the kind of peanut butter you use. If you use the ‘just peanuts’ kind, I find it a bit dry, but I usually opt for honey or jelly to go with it instead of butter; however, a regular kind of peanut butter I find can usually stand on its own and goes down more easily.


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