The Irish Black Butter Company opened for business in October 2017. Alastair Bell who had a background in farming took time out from his events and farm model customisation business to explore the potential for an exciting new business.
"During last year's successful Year Of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland I was inspired by the enthusiasm and drive of local producers taking great local produce to home and overseas markets. That inspiration has motivated me to launch 'a new taste of Ireland' which is Irish Black Butter. It was a combination of bygone days spent in the serenity of the Garry Bog near Ballymoney cutting turf and enjoying homemade scones or pancakes with apple jelly and time spent picking apples on the family farm which were the seeds of inspiration for Alastair's new venture - Irish Black Butter. Based at Portrush in County Antrim, Alastair teamed up with experienced chef Paul Clarke, the managing director of the award winning En Place Foods at Cookstown in County Tyrone to create the perfect recipe for the very first Irish Black Butter product.
Containing Armagh Bramley Apples, the butter which isn't actually a dairy product - features cider, brandy, treacle and a blend of spices which conjure up a smooth cross between sweet and savoury."The Armagh Bramley Apple is a lovely tasting apple which can be used in so many different ways just like Irish Black Butter. In many respects I have long thought that we could have even more innovative products using local apples."
Influenced by the many exciting developments during last year's successful Year of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland, Alastair approached Paul Clarke at En Place Foods for advice on how to develop this apple based product which he had in mind. Paul was tremendously supportive and helped to perfect the ingredients and recipe for the butter. The ensuing Irish Black Butter has a delicious flavour, a rich warm aroma with a firm texture. The Butter which is dark and rich can be used in a variety of ways. It makes an ideal accompaniment for cheese and cold meats, for use as a glaze on ham, a spread on toast, soda farls or with scones and cream. Drawing together sweet and savoury this is truly a versatile product and 'a new taste of Ireland.'
Paul Clarke, who has won a series of UK Great Taste Awards for innovative products including jams and sauces has said. "It's great to see another original product developed using Armagh Bramley Apples, which have EU PGI status. Irish Black Butter is an outstandingly tasty and balanced product with nice acidity."
Irish Black Butter is produced in 225g jars and there are plans to develop larger catering packs for food service.
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