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19 Sep, 2013

Is there such a thing as delicious butter? Well…

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!|Recipes and Food

You don’t often hear those two words together, do you?



CHEESE can be delicious. And so can bread. Cupcakes can be delicious too (as I’ve written about recently). But butter? It does not have that kind of reputation, at least not here in Canadian grocery stores as far as I know.

Sidebar: I visited my grandmother in Prague a few times and could not get over how flavourful the butter was on that side of the ocean. I didn’t want to eat anything but bread and butter for every single meal… and she wanted to stuff me full of chicken paprika! And breaded pork! And roasted pork! And dumplings bathed in butter and pork drippings! But all I wanted was bread slathered in butter. I remember her concern, written all over her face, as she stood in her kitchen with her wooden spoon in hand: “YOU MUST EAT SOMETHING ELSE ANDREA!”

But there was no way I was going to give up on that butter.

I can’t really tell you what exactly made it stand out from the ordinary stuff, but I can say that it had a deeper, slightly sweeter, richer buttery flavour. And since that time I never encountered butter that tasted so good.

Well my friends. I have found that butter, it’s better than butter, and it’s in my grocery store now! (And maybe yours too.)

I picked up a package of unsalted PC Normandy-style butter on a whim the other day. I balked at the price (I think it was $3.99 for a 1/2 lb) for a moment before placing it in my cart. I am pretty sure my GRANDMOTHER’S SOUL WAS GUIDING ME TO BUY THIS BUTTER.

I kid. Sort of.

Here’s the butter in action:


Don’t be fooled. It may LOOK like ordinary butter, but this variety will knock your socks off. The problem is, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself eating more butter than ever before. And more crumpets. And toast. And baguettes. And I’m not sure that’s a good thing or not.

Consider yourself warned!

4 Responses to "Is there such a thing as delicious butter? Well…"

1 | Laura

September 19th, 2013 at 10:09 am


Have you ever made your own butter? It is pretty awesome!

2 | Brenda A.

September 19th, 2013 at 1:02 pm


I love butter. I also love to eat and say the word crumpet! Yours looks divine and I will have to test out that PC butter!

3 | Javamom

September 19th, 2013 at 1:38 pm


So now I have to get off the couch and eat a stick of butter. :)

But I know what you mean. Butter in Switzerland is to die for, too.

4 | Sarah

September 19th, 2013 at 4:10 pm


It’s the fat content… Our typical canadian butter has far less fat than the European kind, and as we all know – fat is flavour!!

Sterling Creamery (local!) also makes a higher fat content butter.

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