It's the TikTok trend that has seen foodies jumping over each other to get on board.
I'm a little slower to the Butter Board party – but did eventually decide it would be a nice recipe to cover with a little retro makeover.
With homemade butter, a simple selection of seasonal herbs and good quality artisan bread, this little snack is perfect to share over a catch up with friends and wash down with your favourite drink.
The viral Butter Board trend
The craze started when New York influencer Justine Doiron shared a Butter Board on TikTok and suggested it should be "the new charcuterie board".
She calls out American chef Josh McFadden as the original creator – but Justine made the idea famous after her post amassed millions of views and over one million likes.
Justine added salt, lemon zest, honey, coriander and edible flowers to her slab of butter, while others have added their own person touch with Halloween-themed boards, Desi butter boards, a Fig & Walnut version and a Fairy Bread Butter Board(not sure how that'd go down at a kids party – think I'll stick with the traditional Fairy Bread).
I've seen others pile on roasted garlic, tomatoes, meat and more, too.
When I think of bread and butter, I like to stick with simplicity. There really is nothing better than good quality bread and butter.
So the Cooking with Nana Ling version of this latest craze is all about getting back to basics – and doing them well.
Butter Board Recipe: what do you need to make this old-fashioned version of a new craze?
First, the butter.
Ideally, make your own by following my step-by-step instructions for homemade butter.
Otherwise, lash out if you can and buy batch churned or artisan butter.
You'll also need:
- pink salt
- fresh herbs (here, I've used chives, parsley and thyme)
- herbs and edible flowers to decorate.
Of course, you'll also need a long baguette or loaf to serve with your Butter Board. Amd once again, a good quality, artisan product will make all the difference to the end result.
Putting it all together: how to make a TikTok Butter Board
Choose a wooden serving board and then allow your butter to soften at room temperature for about half an hour so it can be easily spread across the wooden board.
Spread the butter on wooden board using a spatula. Dab it around a bit to create some texture.
Sprinkle salt and herbs over the butter.
Decorate around the edges with herbs and edible flowers.
Serve with a bowl of sliced bread.
And remember to store the board in the fridge if you prepare it in advance – and then take it out about half an hour before serving to allow the butter to soften enough that it can be scooped up with the bread.
- 1 wooden serving board
- 1 cup homemade butter (or good quality store-bought butter)
- 1 teaspoon pink salt
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- herbs and edible flowers (to decorate)
- artisan long baguette or loaf (to serve)
- Allow butter to soften at room temperature for about half an hour.
- Spread butter on wooden board using a spatula.
- Sprinkle salt and herbs over butter.
- Decorate with herbs and edible flowers.
- Serve with bowl of sliced bread.