Hump Day: Mantequilla de Soria, it's like buttah

What better way to get through Hump Day and the rest of the week than homemade chocolate chip cookies? I stumbled upon this recipe from The Girl's Guide to Guns and Butter, and as the title suggests, they really are perfect cookies! 

As I've mentioned to you before, I've played around with different types of flours in my recipes and breads - sometimes coconut, almond, or rice instead of/or with traditional wheat flour. But there is one thing that I'll never substitute; no diet, margarine freak or wives' tale will convince me to give up REAL BUTTER. Contrary to popular belief Spain does have quite a connection to this lactose product. Let's be serious, there is no way that they could produce the quality milk, cheese and cheese we've talked about here on this blog without also investing a treasured raw material into butter. 

Soria, a city and province of the same name and famed for its rich and abundant pastures, is sandwiched between Valladolid and Zaragoza, in the community of Castile and Leon. With 12th century churches, a monastery of the Knights Templar and ruins of the Celtiberians, there is much to be discovered. But of course, Sobremesa in Spain will not let you over look the community's gastronomical offerings, such as rabbit, cochinillo (suckling pig), migas (Shepherd's breadcrumbs), chick peas, flat breads (much of the cereal production of Spain comes from this region) and the wines of Rueda, La Rioja and Cigales. Last but not least, their acclaimed dairy products, like mantequilla de Soria, marked with its own DO (dominación de origen protegida), and often referred to as the best butter in Spain. In 1955 a cooperative of one-hundred farmers was created in Soria to back the dairy industry in the zone. Today some 12 farmers remain and contribute to this prestigious group. 

 Mantequilla de Soria can be found in plain, salted and sweet varieties. So next time you slap some buttah on your toast, or make a delicious batch of cookies, look for this Spanish product. The good stuff is closer to home than you think. 


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