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Spruce Up Your Bagels With These Seasonal Spreads

Salted butter is simple perfection. So is cream cheese. There’s nothing like warm toast with melted butter or a toasted bagel with a good schmear. But spring herbs and fruit coming into season. We wanted to try out some herb and fruit spreads that brought out some delicious seasonal flavors. Try one of these to take your morning (or afternoon, or evening…) carbs to the next level. 

Preserved Lemon Spread 

A deliciously unique condiment, preserved lemons are used across North Africa in traditional recipes. Think tagines, salads, and stews – they can even take your hummus up a notch. You can buy preserved lemon paste, or if you have a couple weeks you can make your own – all you need are lemons, salt, a mason jar, and a blender! Add some labneh and cream cheese, and you’ve got our preserved lemon bagel spread. Pair with zaatar bagels for some truly Moroccan flavors. 

Whip 1 heaping tablespoon of preserved lemon paste, one part cream cheese, and one part labne in a food processor until light and fluffy. 

zaatar bagel

Rosemary Rhubarb Butter 

Fruit butters are so easy to make and can be done with any type of fruit you’d like. Just whip together equal parts jam and butter using a hand mixer. Add in any herbs or seasonings you want to include, and you’re done! Ina (goals) makes an incredible orange marmalade butter. In this case, I’ve taken homemade rhubarb jam and mixed it with butter, a pinch of salt, and a bit of rosemary. I kept it pretty light but feel free to add more rosemary if you want more of that flavor. I like it to have just the slightest hint. This is great on sesame bagels or rustic multigrain toast. 

Using a medium-sized bowl and a hand mixer on the highest speed, whip ½ cup (1 stick) of unsalted room temperature butter, ½ cup rhubarb jam, ½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, and a pinch of salt until light and fluffy. Serve at room temperature. 

Honey Cinnamon Butter

This slightly sweet butter, which may or may not be inspired by a certain steakhouse favorite, goes great with pancakes, waffles, toast, biscuits, or sweet potatoes. 

Using a medium-sized bowl and a hand mixer on the highest speed, whip together ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, one tablespoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until light and fluffy. Serve at room temperature. 

Sun-Dried Tomato, Chive, and Basil Butter

Finally, we’re sharing a savory option. This delicious herby butter blends classic flavors. The result is an herb butter that goes great on bagels or baked potatoes. As summer produce comes into season and tomatoes are abundant, you can even make your own sun-dried tomatoes. 

Using a medium-sized bowl and a rubber spatula, mix together ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil, and 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh chives. Serve at room temperature. 

What are your favorite flavored butters? How do you spruce up your seasonal spreads? Let us know in the comments!

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