Decorative pats of butter add a festive touch to any table. They are so easy to make using inexpensive candy or bread molds.
Simply let the butter soften for about 30 minutes. Then, using a butter knife or small spatula, fill the molds. If you are using clear candy molds, you can check the underside to be sure there are no air bubbles.
Set the mold in the freezer for about 30 minutes to let the butter harden (it should be firm, and will be easier to get out of the mold if you do this).
By applying a small amount of pressure to the underside of the mold, the butter should just pop out. Be careful not to dent the butter.
You could also use a metal decorative bread pan. To remove the butter from a metal pan, place an upside down plate over the butter. Flip the plate and mold over, and gently run warm water over the underside of the mold for a few seconds. The butter should fall right out.
There are many great options. You can make just about any shape you like. Here are a few options: