A friend of ours is from Vermont and she made some maple butter, which she kindly shared with us! I asked if I could share her recipe because it was so good. It totally trumped my homemade strawberry jam which was on the table.
Sami told me she was sorry, but that if the maple butter wasn't there, then she'd eat the jam. What a cutie!
So, here's the original recipe my friend started with and her recipe. She had to play around with it to get it to work right, so the testing and experimenting has already been done!
1 cup pure maple syrup and 3/4 cup melted butter.
Heat the maple syrup until a small amount forms a soft ball in cold water.
Then add the butter and beat w/ a rotary beater until thick and creamy. Serve it warm on hot bread.
Our friend's version:
1 cup pure maple syrup heated as above.
Beat it into room tempeture butter (not melted), then put in the fridge until it cools. If you don't put it in the fridge, it tends to separate a bit.
According to the internet, it can take up to 10 minutes.
She noted that Martha Stewart recommends putting the butter into the pot once the syrup is at the soft ball stage and having it melt there, then immediately transferring it to a bowl where you beat it for 8 minutes until it's the right color/consistency. But, Martha Stewart's recipes and I have never seen eye to eye (for some reason they never work for me). So, I think I'll stick with my friend's version!
Happy Maple Buttering!
Oh, as for the best price--Costco or BJs. Both used to have a great price a few years ago before Maple Syrup took a huge price hike. But, their price is still better than other places.