Kitchen Witch Wednesday: Rosemary Buttercream Icing
Another icing I recently tried and wanted to share with all of you is this recipe (originally from The Whole Bite) for a Rosemary Buttercream Icing.
It's a bit of a process since you have to infuse the butter with rosemary overnight but BOY is it worth it! This is by far one of my favorite icings EVER!!
I've written about rosemary before, but as a reminder, it's a powerful herb for warding off evil spirits, improving your memory, aiding with headaches, and strengthening psychic magic. Rosemary is used in spells for protection, love, lust, psychic powers, exorcism, purification, healing, and sleep.
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary - 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter - 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar - 1 tsp. vanilla - 1 tbsp. cream or milk - pinch of salt
First, melt 1 cup of butter in a saucepan. Add the rosemary and cook it for another 30 seconds on low heat, stirring all the while. Then, transfer the melted butter and the rosemary to a bowl and let it steep at room temperature for at least 3 hours (I honestly left mine out overnight to make it stronger--if you do this, you may need to melt it again in the microwave or a saucepan to strain it). Then strain out the rosemary and transfer the infused butter to the fridge to re-solidify.
Once the infused butter has solidified to a room temperature consistency (not melted, but softened), it's time to make the buttercream. Beat the rosemary butter with 1 additional stick of room temperature butter until it has a smooth and light consistency. Scrape the bowl while beating in the powdered sugar until combined. Add the vanilla, cream, and salt and beat it again until the buttercream is light and fluffy.
I decorated mine with some sanding sugar sprinkles and blackberries (mostly for decorative purposes but they also have other uses!).
In magical lore, it is said that blackberries collected at the right phase of the moon (though it's hard to find exact times in the old writings) can be a powerful charm against evil, negative energies, and hexes.
Medicinally, blackberries are rich in vitamins and great for upset stomachs and anemia. You can use blackberry juice gargles for sore throats and laryngitis, and a strong infusion of blackberry can help clear psoriasis.
To double the power of the recipe, try pairing it with a matching drink like a Blackberry Rosemary Italian Soda!