Colonial Williamsburg Fairy Butter

Williamsburg Virginia Colonial Williamsburg Restaurants Chowning Tavern1At the center of any Colonial Williamsburg home was the hearth. It provided people with warmth, light, and equally important, food. Most food items a colonial family at was prepared on the hearth. One of the most mentioned hearth recipes mentioned in the colonial era is Fairy Butter. 

 

Virginia’s Fairy Butter was legendary. In fact, Dolley Madison who was known for her extravagant hosting as first lady spent an astronomical $50 a day on food while living at the President’s House. And Virginia Fairy butter was among her favorite recipes. She served it on flat scones, cornbread and  gingerbread.

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No trip to Colonial Williamsburg would be complete without testing this yourself. We recommend it from Chowning’s Tavern one of our favorites. 

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Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

 



Ingredients

Williamsburg Virginia Colonial Williamsburg Receipes Fairy Butter0

Ingredients
½ pound butter
2 hard-boiled egg yolks
1 tbsp orange flower water
2 tsp sugar

 

 



Instructions
Put ye eggs until hard; let cool and peel them. Remove yolks.
Put the yolks in a large bowl with the sugar and the orange flower water.* Beat them all together with the back of a fork or spoon until they come to a fine paste.
Add ye butter and mix until smooth.
Pass this mixture through a fine sieve or strainer onto a plate. Decorate with flowers, if ye wish.
* Orange flower water can be purchased online or in Middle East grocers and shops.

 

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