Personally, one of the most enjoyable parts of planning any event and/or gathering, is in the small details (much as in decorating). The little details are what make your heart flutter when your eyes move around a room or in this case a well-arranged tablescape. Take for instance a simple thing as this little customized heart-shaped raspberry butter that I made for my afternoon high tea this past Oscars Sunday. Because really, there is no greater combo than the florally sweet taste of the raspberry fruit jam with the saltiness of the butter. No? Try it atop hot biscuits fresh out of the oven. I promise you, it'll be hard not to put it on everything that you can. And it took me just about a couple of minutes to whip up (tasted way better than anything you could buy in the store for sure), but the special touch that it added to my table setting made the occasion feel that much more elegant. Here's how I made it:
2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter (soften at room temperature)
2 Tablespoons of this gluten-free raspberry fruit jam (you can also substitute fresh berries)
Pinch of salt (to heighten the flavor of the fruit jam - optional)
Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Then press your mixture into any shape metal cookie cutter of your liking. I went with the heart shape option because I felt it was appropriate for my sweet lovely afternoon tea.
*Can be made the day (s) before - than the morning of the event, just pop out your butter into a favorite small dish.