Making Everything Better With Butter
At Majestic Butter, we do more than create superior butter, we also like to give back! Over the past two months, Majestic has donated over 200 pounds of butter to two very deserving local Texas organizations.
Before COVID-19, the founder of Lettuce Cook, Chef Brittany Collzao, was hosting cooking lessons for children, adults, and groups in person. When COVID-19 forced schools to close, she worried how it would affect the well-being of her students. Determined to stay connected with them, she created a Zoom account, crafted a schedule and menu using easy-to-find ingredients, and offered free interactive cooking classes to current and former students.
Now, Chef Brittany cooks at least five times a week with kids not only from Lettuce Cook’s home of Houston but from all over the country.
“This donation from Majestic Butter was incredibly generous and extremely thoughtful,” said Chef Brittany. “By receiving this butter, I was not only able to use it for Lettuce Cook classes but also share it with my students and their families. With the cost of butter and other food-related items increasing, this definitely helped out our Lettuce Cook families. A lot of the parents told me that they would be freezing the butter so they can make sure to use it for the holidays coming up.”
With classes being virtual, it was a little trickier getting the butter to the students. “I reached out via social media and emailed Lettuce Cook families in the Houston area to see who would be interested in receiving Majestic Butter,” said Chef Brittany. “We set up a few pickup dates and times where I was able to meet with the families and students in person and donate butter. We also had classes where we made sure that it used a lot of butter for the recipe, specifically using Majestic Butter.”
The butter was used in four recipes: Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, Apple Cinnamon Scones, Pecan Sandies, and Snickerdoodle Cookies. The Buttermilk Chocolate Cake recipe can be found at the end of the blog.
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Did you know that for almost 30 years the State Fair of Texas has had a butter sculpture as an exhibit? It only seemed right to partner up for a huge butter donation!
Majestic Butter was used for three different events at the State Fair:
Mini Butter Sculptures
Majestic Butter was distributed to most of the contestants who entered the Mini Butter Sculpture contest. Salted butter was used for the contest because salt acts as a preservative, and it kept the sculptures looking fresher longer.
Kids Can Cook
Additionally, butter was used daily in the Kids Can Cook program, which saw a chef teach children some basic healthy cooking recipes. This gave the children the chance to learn how to make after-school meals that require no adult supervision.
Celebrity Chef Kitchen
Majestic Butter was also used in recipes in the Celebrity Chef Kitchen by some of the 96 chefs who did cooking demos and then offered samples to the 150 fairgoers seated in the audience.
“The State Fair of Texas is a celebration of all things in the Lone Star State and we were so pleased that our contestants could use Texas-made butter in their sculptures, as well as in our demos,” said Kathy Bennett, Director of Creative Arts/Special Events for the State Fair of Texas. “Everything is bigger and better in Texas — including butter!”
To learn more about the State Fair of Texas, visit their website at www.bigtex.com or follow them on Instagram.
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake (makes 9x13)
1 cup water
1 cup Majestic Butter salted or unsalted, your preference
1/3 cup unsweetened (baking) cocoa powder
½ cup buttermilk
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9X13-inch pan.
Cut butter into pieces and combine the 1 cup butter, 1/3 cup cocoa, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and heat over low heat. Stir constantly until butter is melted.
Remove the mixture from the heat. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Gradually add melted butter mixture, beating until mixed.
In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, and salt. Add to buttermilk mixture and beat until blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until set in the middle. Frost with frosting of choice or enjoy without.