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Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Butter
Courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Servings: 16
Prep Time: 5 Min.
Cook Time: 5 Min.
What you need:
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3 oz. bittersweet (at least 70% cocoa) chocolate, chopped*
1 c. (2 sticks) salted butter, slightly chilled
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. orange zest, finely grated
2 Tbsp. confectioners' sugar

Optional: 1/2 c. roasted and salted pistachio nuts, chopped into halves and quarters**

*This is a place to use the best quality chocolate you can find, preferably one with 70% to 85% cocoa content.

**Roasted and salted pistachios add a welcome textural contrast. Most stores sell them already shelled. You may also use a different toasted nut or no nuts at all.
What to do:
1. Melt chocolate in microwave-safe bowl on low at one minute intervals, stirring until just melted and smooth. Or, using a double boiler, place chocolate in top bowl, stirring frequently until just melted, taking care not to overheat at bottom or sides. Allow melted chocolate to cool enough to touch.
2. Place the cooled butter in a medium mixing bowl and with an electric mixer (fitted with the paddle) or wooden spoon, beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides.
3. Beat in the cooled chocolate, cocoa, zest and sugar scraping sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed to incorporate all ingredients. Stir in nuts if desired.
4. Scrape into a small bowl, serving crock or butter mold and cover tightly; or shape into a long roll in grease-proof paper (plastic, wax or parchment) for storing and slicing as needed.

Serving Notes: This luscious butter makes even the simplest bread or roll special. Try it on toast, biscuits, pancakes, French toast, waffles or bread pudding. It's especially lovely with banana bread and holiday breads, such as Stollen.
Serve with:
French toast, muffins, biscuits, waffles, croissants, toast or bagels!
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