Dark Chocolate Clementine and Pinoli Compound Butter

by cakeduchess on November 14, 2011 · 23 comments


Are you looking for an easy way to impress your guests with barely any work? I’ll share my secret with you: Compound butter. Compound butter is a clever and delicious culinary shortcut.

You may have never made a compound butter thinking maybe it is something complicated or difficult to make. I’ll tell you exactly what it is: It is soft butter plus something yummy to make it even more yummy. That is it. Extra yummy butter.
That something yummy can be fresh or dried herbs or some sweet dried fruits. All you have to do is mix softened butter with whatever you like. It’s as simple as that! It could be savory to accent the flavor of something you are cooking for dinner. It could be sweet to spread on something wonderful you just baked. If you make a larger batch of compound butter you can roll it in parchment paper and store in the refrigerator for a few days.
I recently have been cutting back on butter in my baking. It’s been a year of lots of butter in my recipes and it was always with Kerrygold butter. Kerrygold has always been my favorite butter. The flavor surpasses any other butter I’ve tried.
When I was offered a chance to try some of Kerrygold’s new spreadable butters I couldn’t wait for the package to arrive!  Kerrygold has developed some new products: Kerrygold Naturally Softer Pure Irish Butter & Kerrygold Reduced Fat Irish Butter which has 25 percent less fat and 50 percent less sodium.
Their butter is made in Ireland with milk from grass fed cows that graze on small family farms. The color is golden and the flavor is rich. Now you are probably wondering  how is the flavor in the new spreadable butters? It is simply delicious!


I had just made a rockin’ cinnamon swirl pumpkin bread.Since my taste-testers claim I never bake with chocolate, I thought I’d appease them with a chocolate compound butter to spread on top of their pumpkin bread.
My mom said it tasted sort of like Nutella. I love the combination of citrus with dark chocolate. The toasted pinoli flavor in this compound butter is subtle and addictive.

Look for the cinnamon swirl pumpkin bread recipe in a post this coming week!

Disclaimer: Kerrygold provided me with samples of the butter to try.  Kerrygold is hosting a contest between a few bloggers to see who has the best use of the butter. Yes, I would be thrilled to win the contest but I would not participate if I weren’t a Kerrygold fan. All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this post.

Dark Chocolate Clementine Pinoli Butter

4 ounces (1/2 tub) Kerrygold Naturally Softer Pure Irish Butter, room temperature
1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped
2 tbsps toasted and ground pinoli
1 tsp grated clementine zest
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3-4 tbsps confectioner’s sugar (depending on your sweetness preference)

Using a double boiler, place chocolate in top bowl, stirring frequently until just melted. Remove pan from the eat and let cool. 

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whip the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. On low speed, mix in the melted dark chocolate, pinoli, clementine zest, cocoa powder, and confectioner’s sugar until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and mix gently to combine all the ingredients.

Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve. We obviously couldn’t wait for it to chill and served it immediately. Stays fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Freeze for up to 1 month.

Thank you for your kind comments and support! What’s baking in your world these days? :)

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Yuri - Chef Pandita November 14, 2011 at 1:40 am

Hey Lora! This chocolate compound butter is genius :D can’t wait for your cinnamon swirl pumpkin bread post. Miss you, hope everything’s going great with you. Besos xo


Kim Bee November 14, 2011 at 2:03 am

This is really fantastic. Looking forward to the pumpkin bread recipe.


Priyanka November 14, 2011 at 3:59 am

Fantastic recipe. Loved it


Curt November 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Now that’s butter. I can think of a number of things off the top of my head I’d want to spread that on.


Carolyn November 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Wow, what a great flavour for a compound butter!


Cookin' Canuck November 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Do I have to spread this one something? Can’t I just eat it straight? It looks that good!


foodwanderings November 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Never had chocolate compound butter and to top it off with pine nuts. Love!!


Sips and Spoonfuls November 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Gorgeous :) It sounds liek a big complicated word but can’t believe compound butter is so simple to make.


Grubarazzi November 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Okay, chocolate butter… winning!


Paula November 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Your butter looks and sounds wonderful. I’m anxiously awaiting your pumpkin bread recipe. I can imagine spreading this butter on toast, banana bread, pancakes…see what you’ve gone and done!


Barbara | Creative Culinary November 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Oh yum; love the idea of chocolate and pine nuts. I mostly love the idea of pine nuts since I’m on strike and not buying any til their price comes down. :(

But I have a small precious stash and I know firsthand how amazing this butter is. Make sure you come to my post and and a link to yours at the bottom, K?


Amalia November 15, 2011 at 1:41 am

This looks delicious! I love how easy it is too, a great recipe for when you’re in a rush :)


Claudia November 15, 2011 at 1:45 am

I am a fan/a crazed lunatic for compound butters. Have never done it with chocolate – but you know I will now!


Monet November 15, 2011 at 4:18 am

I just made some lovely soft rolls, and this butter would go too well with them. I would have a hard time stopping! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you are having a great week.


Shawn November 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Loving the chocolate butter! I’m definitely making this soon.

Baking? I just completed a sweet potato tart with oatmeal ginger crumble topping…I’ve posted it and there’s a giveaway too…Come on over :)


Emily Malloy November 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

This is beyooond perfect!


Tickled Red November 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Now this is compound butter! Great flavor combos with my favorite butter :D


livingthesweetlifedotwordpressdotcom November 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I certainly agree – - compound butter never fails to heighten any recipe. I love the addition of chocolate and Clementine… delicious :)


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

Chocolate, orange and butter together?! Wow, I think that’s the best thing to happen to bread since Nutella!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

wow this is a divine combination


Maria November 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Love, love, love!


Diane {Created by Diane} November 17, 2011 at 6:04 am

this looks wonderful!


Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} November 21, 2011 at 2:51 am

I love Kerrygold butter and your compound butter is definitely a winner Lora!
Looking forward to that pumpkin swirl bread.


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