Righteously Spiced Banana Bread: Cinnamon-Nutmeg Butter - Jack Righteous

Righteously Spiced Banana Bread: Cinnamon-Nutmeg Butter

Melting Butter for Culinary Delights: A Comprehensive Guide


  • 454 grams (1 lb) of Lactantia Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Selecting the Right Butter and Saucepan

Preparing for Melting

  • Softening: Allow the butter to reach room temperature for 1-2 hours until it yields slightly under pressure.
  • Chopping: Cut the butter into uniform chunks to ensure even melting.

Melting the Butter: Step-by-Step

  1. Low Heat: Place the butter in your chosen saucepan and set the stove to low or medium-low heat.
  2. Stirring: Gently stir with a wooden spoon for even melting and to prevent burning.
  3. Consistency: Achieve a smooth, creamy consistency. Be cautious to avoid overheating, which can lead to burning.

By following these guidelines, you're well-prepared for infusing your butter with a variety of flavors.

Infusing Cinnamon and Nutmeg into Butter for Righteously Spiced Banana Bread

  • Selecting Spices and Proportions: Use high-quality ground cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg. For 454g of butter, begin with 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg, adjusting to taste.
  • Infusing Process:
    1. Melting Butter: Gently melt the butter on low heat.
    2. Adding Spices: Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla (either the bean and seeds or the extract).
    3. Heat Management: Infuse the spices for 5-10 minutes over low heat. Overheating can cause the spices to burn, imparting a bitter taste.
    4. Cooling and Usage: After infusion, let the butter cool slightly before using. If it cools completely and solidifies, gently reheat it to bring back to a liquid state for use in your banana bread.
  • Storage and Signs of Overcooking:

    • Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
    • Freezer: Can be frozen for several months.
    • Overcooking Indicators: Look for a color change, a burnt smell, or a change in texture. These are signs the butter and spices have been overcooked.


    • Use a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth while the butter is still liquid.
    • Ensure all large spice particles are removed for a smooth texture in your banana bread.

    By following these steps, your infused butter will impart a rich, aromatic flavour to the Righteously Spiced Banana Bread, elevating its taste profile.

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