How to Make Orange Brandy Butter

A favourite at Christmas time, this is a citrus-flavoured twist on the usual plain brandy butter.


  • 225g / 8 oz unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 750g / 1 1/2 lb icing (powdered) sugar, sifted
  • Grated peel of a fresh, washed orange (use organic/homegrown where possible)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brandy


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    Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat using an electric hand beater, or a whisk, until light and fluffy.
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    Add the icing sugar and mix thoroughly to form a smooth paste. This is best done by adding the icing sugar in gradually.
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    Add the orange peel, juice and brandy to the mixture. Combine gently.
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    Dollop the orange brandy butter into a serving or storage container in advance of the event. This can be kept for up to six weeks, covered and refrigerated.


  • This recipe makes approximately 1kg (2 lb) of orange brandy butter.
  • If you want to give this as a gift, place the butter in a nice small jar with a lid. Cover the lid with fabric and add a label describing the contents. Be sure to add that the item needs refrigeration.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric hand mixer or a whisk
  • Bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • Serving or storage container

Article Info

Categories: Christmas Cooking | Butter and Ghee