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Do you butter bread/rolls/cornbread/others?

Since it's the holidays, we have had much more bread and rolls around and I've noticed that there are staunch butter on bread vs no butter on bread lovers. I have also noticed at various dinners out with with different crowds over the year but it's really been apparent this season. I can understand if someone is trying to save a few calories, but most of the anti-butter people that I know of don't do it for this reason. FWIW, I only occasionally butter rolls and usually just don't feel I need it. However, most of my family won't go near a roll, even the amazing rolls we serve at the holidays, without butter. Just wondering - do you butter bread/rolls/cornbread?

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  1. This is quite the topic. I like both.

    1. Definitely. Hell, there are those in our family who will butter cinnamon rolls.....

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      1. re: Cheez62

        You mean some people don't? Yes, I've had the occasional cold roll out of the box by the office coffee urn, but at the table with hot ones fresh from the oven, it's Please pass the butter.

        1. re: Will Owen

          I usually don't...I'm in the 2 bite roll club, pop them in like candy. Though this holiday I fully intend to add several 1000s of calories with a butter taste test with all of the wonderful butters I have acquired in the past few months and the rolls will be a great vehicle. We also always do a big pot of chili over the week of Christmas to enjoy between slices of pie and the cornbread will also be thoroughly coated.

      2. As long as my HDL and my LDL stay at the great levels they're at...
        I'll be buttering my bread. A crusty baguette or French roll right out of the oven with butter and strawberry jam is my version of nirvana.

        1. DH is one of those who has a "little roll with his butter", as my mother used to say.
          I love butter on any kind of roll, muffin or cornbread, but it can be just a little schmear.

          1. rolls and things like cornbread..........yes....butter!.....but a lot of breads....plain or with maybe a little olive oil

            1. Given the opportunity I'll usually add butter. I also like butter on noodles, on rice, on potatoes, on crackers, and on pound cake. I had an aunt that liked to toast leftover angel food cake in a pan with some butter. It's been years but I remember it tasting pretty good.

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              1. re: KaimukiMan

                We always ate butter (no, actually margarine-yuk) on angel food cake growing up.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  The pound cake with butter is a definite new on in my book, I guess the lb of butter just isnt quite enough :)

                2. Absolutely.....butter on all of those things. And many other things as well.

                  1. toast gets buttered -- but at the table, usually not.

                    (I used to work with a woman who buttered croissants. Yike.)

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                      1. re: sunshine842

                        My recently widowed Dad won't cook or, stubbornly, even use the oven (He will use the stovetop to reheat certain things I make him - if told that it will make it better). He will, however, toast a croissant so that the butter he smears on it will melt (Then again, these are NJ croissants, not Parisian).

                      2. I love bread and probably eat far too much of it.

                        That said, I almost never butter my bread. I'll dip bread in oil, butter, jus, and all kinds of fatty stuff, but I can't remember the last time I took a pat of butter to a piece of bread.

                        1. Is the pope Catholic? lol

                          1. I don't.

                            In fact, I probably don't ever butter anything. Ever.

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                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              (but then, you've posted that you don't like butter at all, so not all that surprising.....)

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                Well, it wasn't meant to surprise.

                                It was only supposed to be an answer to the OP. Perhaps an overinclusive one.

                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    I know you were only posting in good fun.

                                    It takes a goof-ball to know a goof-ball ...

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      y'know -- it would be interesting to have a communal dinner of Chowhounders (we're too far spread to actually do so....but in our minds, all is possible) --

                                      A lot of us know each other's likes and dislikes nearly as well as we know those of our own family's and friends'.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          it's the sensory part (flavors and aromas) that we have to work on....

                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              My college roommate used to eat those cold packets of butter that came with rolls at diner type restaurants.

                                              Straight. Just unwrap and eat.


                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                Ugh, indeed. I would've microwaved them for a second or two before dipping my Doritos into 'em. (I smoked a lot of weed in college.)

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  I've nibbled bits of cold butter here and there!

                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                    Ipsedixit, you wouldn't have wanted to eat with my sister, either. She used to slice a baguette in half lengthwise, cover one side with a quarter inch thick layer of cold butter, and cover the other side with an equal amount of cheddar cheese. Squeezed it all together and dug in.
                                                    Much as I love cheddar, and much as I love butter, a grease sandwich just doesn't sound appetizing.

                                  2. Growing up, we commonly buttered bread etc (but not others - that is, other diners). But since I started to cook for myself I fell out of the habit. I'm not sure why. In part it's a matter of convenience. I normally keep the butter in the fridge, and thus it is usually too hard to spread on fresh bread.

                                    Sometimes I'll get the butter out and soften some, or use the heat of toast to soften it. But more often I just eat the bread plain, or use some other spread (mayo, a soft cheese, jam/jelly, Nutella, or more recently Biscoff spread.

                                    1. I do like butter on bread, rolls...etc, but it is far from a must. Usually, I am happy either way, and have no strong preference. For drier bread, I do prefer having butter or oil. For very moist bread, I do not need butter.

                                      1. Biscuits and Cornbread.....Always.
                                        French bread before going in the oven or on the griddle....Yes. ~~~ Rolls etc....Mmmm....Sometimes. ~~~ Toast...Yes!

                                        1. I will butter anything I can justify. Olive oil in some cases. Do I like bread stuffs plain? Generally, but most of the time I need some moisture.

                                          1. I have to admit that while I have not been a life-long butter-er, ever since I discovered European-style butter it seems to have become a necessity on everything from Hawaiian sweet rolls and cornbread.

                                            1. It depends on what I'm eating the bread with. If it's a soup or stew type of dish, no, because I like having unbuttered bread to dip in or wipe the bowl clean (yum!). But if I'm having bread with, say, a steak, and it's not toasted garlic bread, then yes, I sometimes like butter on my bread. Also, I'll use butter more often when I eat out. But it's not a deal breaker. I also like a nice olive oil dip from time to time. But since I've gotten older and thus more conscientious of my calorie intake, I more often see butter as calories I can skip. No butter means more bread!

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                                              1. re: lisavf

                                                The butter is probably a better source of calories than the bread.

                                                1. re: lisavf

                                                  I too am a bread freak, especially at the holidays. I think part of the reason I rarely butter the rolls is that I tend to pop 2 or 3 in my mouth within 2 minutes. I still get a kick out of the annual phone call from my grandmother asking how many extra dozen rolls she should make just for me. I think I gain 5 lbs in rolls alone between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

                                                2. Bread & rolls get butter spread on 'em. Not doing so is just wrong - downright wrong. The only exception is if it's getting meat put on it. In fact, I have had dinners where I have served two different butters with the bread (cultured and non).

                                                  1. We aren't big bread or cracker eaters,just a vehicle for something else.
                                                    I do butter and admit it's mostly habit and too easy.There is always butter out,true my entire life.May be out of bread but never butter.

                                                    1. Does a bear.......?
                                                      We love butter on bread and rolls. The better and warmer the bread the better!!

                                                      1. Depends on the roll. For plain rolls/bread, probably not, although I do like to dip in olive oil or any other sort of sauce/meat juice/whatever. Also if there is some kind of flavored whipped butter, like cinnamon whipped butter, I will use that. I can also put down potato rolls like nobody's business, plain by themselves.

                                                        Cornbread and biscuits I like with butter and honey, or... honey butter :)

                                                          1. re: Heidi cooks and bakes

                                                            Indeed. After all, nothing exceeds like excess.

                                                          2. As a low-carb eater, I avoid bread as much as possible. But when I do eat it, I load on as much butter as it will hold. And I like cold butter on hot bread, for the contrast. (Also, the bread will hold more cold butter without running off!)

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                                                            1. re: mwhitmore

                                                              Get out of my head. I was just about to write this exact post. It's one of the frustrating things about a low-carb diet, actually - you can have all the butter you want but there is a distinct lack of stuff to put it ON. I have been known to put it on cheese, or just eat it on a spoon!

                                                              Cold butter on hot bread is probably the greatest taste sensation in the universe. My annual Christmas Carbapalooza is coming up and I cannot WAIT for the hot bread with cold butter!!!!!!

                                                              1. re: biondanonima

                                                                I am in the Christmas (+ New Year's) Carbapalooza!! Love it!

                                                            2. Definitely not cold butter...really dislike it that way. If the bread is warm, then MAYBE butter. I actually prefer it buttered and then toasted (as opposed to in the opposite order). Cornbread, buttered and then toasted is fabulous!

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                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                A simple tip to you and others. Take the butter out of the fridge for a while. Maybe even when the bread goes in the oven?

                                                                I put it on the table next to the salt bowl. It's pretty good eats!

                                                              2. This time of year the kitchen is a nice steady 65-70º, and the butter stays out. If it's bread it gets buttered, no matter what sort it is. My favorite post-Christmas treat? Stale pannetone! Slice it, slide it into the toaster oven, butter it, YUM!! I buy a loaf just to let it get stale.

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                                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                                  Stale pannetone ,slice,butter lightly,toaster oven for 1/2 toasted,when really stale butter and toast it again.

                                                                2. I am a butterer. I even butter my bread for making a sandwich which growing up I thought was my dirty little secret but i found my ex husbands grandpa did it as well. And have met a few sandwich butterers over the years. I also add a pat to finish my bowl of creamed soups and on my spaghetti sauce, fresh hot applesauce and I can sit and eat saltines and butter alone. I need an intervention

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                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                    We always buttered one slice of sandwich bread - it went on under the mustard, while the other slice got the mayonnaise. Only peanut butter was different, but that got butter too. Never understood how people could eat a dry sandwich!

                                                                    Oh, yeah, butter on saltines!

                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                      salted butter with leftover turkey or chicken on Wonder bread. Manna of the gods. (too bad you can't buy Wonder two slices at a time -- the rest of the loaf usually becomes croutons or bread crumbs)

                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                        Um....if memory serves, you can't buy Wonder at all! ;)

                                                                        1. re: Vidute

                                                                          no, but if I posted that I ate it on Harry's American Sandwich, you'd all look at me like lobsters had just crawled out of my ears.

                                                                      2. re: Will Owen

                                                                        I knew someone else out there had to use butter on a sandwich. I find that there are lots of kindred spirits here that share my eating habits and make them sound less weird

                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                          I love butter on sandwiches - I guess I didn't think it was unusual! Don't they put a combo of butter and mustard on sandwiches oftentimes in France?

                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                            Yes they do. Also popular in scandinavian cuisine on the open faced sandwiches. I just haven't found alot of American appeal for it. To bad. They are missing out.I have a great love for ham and cheese sandwiches with nothing else but softened butter on white bread and a side of bread and butter pickles. I am twelve again. Heaven

                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                              sometimes they even skip the mustard -- a staple at any boulangerie in the country is a lowly (but delicious) baguette jambon-beurre -- nothing but this morning's bread, slathered with butter and a few sliced of boiled ham.

                                                                            2. re: suzigirl

                                                                              i think i was in my teens when i discovered that a lot of people put mayonnaise on a sandwhich instead of butter. It seemed very odd at the time.

                                                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                No one else in my family buttered their sandwich so I don't know how it came about other than I just don't care for mayonaise much. In your teens did you try the mayo on the sandwich? Did you like it?

                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                  It's how my best friend's mom made sandwiches. I was raised to eat what you are served. I still like butter better for most things, but the mayo was OK.

                                                                                  For the most part now if it is a meat sandwich i prefer butter, if it is fish or poultry i lean towards mayo. Sometimes a little of each. Face it, without mayonnaise it's not a clubhouse sandwich, but if I make it at home the toast is likely to be buttered before the mayo is slathered on.

                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                    I just like buttered sandwiches better because I could take mayo or leave it. I prefer MW over mayo in the sandwich topping department. I was also raised to eat what you were given and be respectful

                                                                              2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                There is no shame in buttering saltines.
                                                                                A couple of years ago, recovering from a major surgery, I spent two weeks in the hospital eating saltines with butter for all three meals (the saltines were salt-free and the butter, an effin’ substitute, grrrr) – it drove the nurses crazy, but it was all I could stomach. I think eating my childhood favorite snack was a way to sooth myself during a very scary time.

                                                                                1. re: EM23

                                                                                  Buttered saltines are a must have when i eat certain soups. I really love them. No need for fancy crackers

                                                                                2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                  My late mother, a product of the Depression Era, loved an open-faced sandwich of white bread with butter and sugar.

                                                                                3. re: Will Owen

                                                                                  I am old enough to remember when a popular freebie in the Dairy Building at the Minnesota State Fair was a saltine with a full pat of butter on top; today this would probably result in people fleeing the building in horror, but for me it was the start of a beautiful love affair.....

                                                                                  1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                    At our county Ag Heritage Days in October, the butter churning lady was handing out samples of her freshly made butter on...you guessed it...saltines.

                                                                                4. re: suzigirl

                                                                                  Right there with ya suzigirl,am eating buttered saltines right now...yum!

                                                                                  1. re: grangie angie

                                                                                    Heh. I haven't had butter on saltines in years.

                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                      What are ya waiting for? Get in the kitchen and grab some crackers and maybe a bowl of tomato soup. They taste as good as you remember.

                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                        You have no idea what I would do for a can of tomato soup. The stuff they sell here (France) is sugary sweet, and not even a vague reminder of the stuff I enjoyed as a kid with a grilled cheese sandwich (velveeta on Wonder bread, please - butter the outside of the sandwich!)

                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                          Oh velveeta grilled cheese, that takes me way back. Dip that nice buttery golden sammie in the soup. That is to bad about the soup. I get upset when I try generic or store brands. Can't imagine how I would feel if I couldn't get it at all

                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                            I got all excited a few months ago when I found it and decided to splurge (US$4 a can, anyone?) I was brokenhearted to find it nearly inedible.

                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                              Oh how disappointing. Four dollars is double what we pay and then some

                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                but it's okay -- I get an awful lot of good food out of the trade...

                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                  Well that's good. I'm glad you are a posative thinker. Besides... more soup for me ;-)

                                                                                          2. re: sunshine842



                                                                                            "When I was a kid and my mom made tomato soup, she would cut buttered toast into squares and float them on top of each bowl. My twist on Mom’s toast is to make brown butter croutons, though when I'm really feeling feisty I go all the way and make grilled cheese croutons to float on the soup."

                                                                                      2. re: grangie angie

                                                                                        My brothers enjoy garlic matzah loaded with whipped sweet butter.

                                                                                      3. On a related note, I am more apt to "grill" breads, rolls, bagels, Eng Muffins, sliced cornbread etc in butter than to use a toaster. Even plain ole "fried bread" taste better to me

                                                                                        1. Good thread! My guilty pleasure...hot bread/roll/cornbread and cold salted butter. Probably more than I should. Closet dairy freak here!

                                                                                          1. I regret starting this thread...all of this talk has heightened my anticipation to consume more rolls than any person should over the upcoming holidays.

                                                                                            Any favorite butters for rolls? I currently alternate between Kerry gold and President with everyday cooking. I also enjoy Plugra, but was not a fan of Lurpak.

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                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                              I'm kinda smitten with the Organic Valley Cultured sweet butter and a sprinkle of good, coarse sea salt,

                                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                Given all this butter love, I'm surprise no one butters up their fries ...

                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                  well, you wouldn't want to butter them in advance, they would get soggy. but melted butter as a dipping sauce, that sounds pretty good. Salted butter of course.

                                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                    Sometimes when fries are a side to a steamed lobster, I will dip them in the drawn butter. The liquid will absorb some flavor from the lobster then impart it back on the fries.

                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                  I recently bought some Kerry Gold on the recs from Chowhounders and found that I still prefer Land O' Lakes.

                                                                                                  On the one hand it maybe because It's what I'm used to but I was really expecting the "fancy" butter to be wonderful and I did not find it so.

                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                    I too like Kerry Gold but my go-to, in New England, is Kate's. It's a local brand, available in sweet and with sea salt.

                                                                                                    I can eat the sea salted with a spoon. Not that I would. Ever. Ahem.

                                                                                                    1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                      We know you sneak some when no one is lookin'. We're on to you. :-)

                                                                                                  2. I prefer any type bread to have a good smear of salted butter. For me though it is a relatively painless way to forgo some calories that I don't need so I generally abstain.

                                                                                                    I eat bread (or crackers or tortillas) at almost every meal.

                                                                                                    1. I do butter my rolls/bread. However, I don't butter cornbread as it doesn't require additional flavoring (to me).

                                                                                                      1. If the bread is warm and then whipped butter would be my go to. Never on cornbread tho or crackers or cold bread.

                                                                                                        But toast is really how I enjoy bread and then yes, something delicious is spread on that comforting, warm, toasted slice.

                                                                                                        1. Read my old thread: "Just an excuse for butter".
                                                                                                          Many interesting responses.

                                                                                                          1. I almost always butter my bread, with a few exceptions:

                                                                                                            1) If the bread is being used to soak up juices from mussels, salad, stew, etc., then I probably won't butter it.

                                                                                                            2) I also like lard, lardo, duck fat, and olive oil on bread. If I'm using one of those, I bypass the butter!

                                                                                                            When I put jam on toast, I also butter it. This might put me high on the gluttony scale. I'm okay with it.

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                                                                                                            1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                              Put me high on the gluttony scale because unlike you I want the bread or roll buttered when i use it for sopping up soup or stew or salad dressing. There is actually a name in Italian for the sopping bread but i can't remember it for the life of me

                                                                                                              1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                                "When I put jam on toast, I also butter it. This might put me high on the gluttony scale."

                                                                                                                Actually, that's only high on the calorie scale. Butter on bread that gets covered with lardo and gently melted under the broiler, that crosses over to the gluttony scale.

                                                                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                  now looky here, that lardo + butter is the cardiologist's happy meal. not a meal for him, but for his patients. it makes him happy 'cause he gets more patients.

                                                                                                                2. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                                  Gee, i never even thought of putting jelly on toast without butter. You mean you can do that? There have been mornings I skipped toast because I didn't have butter. The thought never crossed my mind . . .

                                                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                    Ha. I never butter toast. I guess it is kind of strange. Everyone I know butters toast, especially if they are using jelly.

                                                                                                                    My toast either gets dipped in runny egg yolk, ripped into pieces and topped with the other items on my plate (like little open-faced sandwiches), or spread with jelly, jam or the like. The toast on my plate never gets buttered.

                                                                                                                    1. re: MonMauler

                                                                                                                      the only butter I use with jelly is the peanut kind

                                                                                                                      1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                        Bottom to top: Toast, butter, peanut butter, jam.

                                                                                                                      2. re: MonMauler

                                                                                                                        hubby puts straight peanut butter on his toast -- no butter.

                                                                                                                        1. re: MonMauler

                                                                                                                          Toast dipped in runny egg yolk is good. Buttered toast dipped in runny egg yolk is even better.

                                                                                                                          1. re: MonMauler

                                                                                                                            I don't either, unless I'm just putting butter on it, in which case keep the jam away, thank you.

                                                                                                                      3. sometimes yes, sometimes no. dinner rolls in a restaurant, maybe, depending on the flavor.

                                                                                                                        hot biscuits, hot cornbread? --->>>YES, YES, YES!

                                                                                                                        and NOT margarine. NO SIR!

                                                                                                                        1. I am a butter-on-my-sandwich person. That said, I was shocked few years ago to see that my boss put butter on a peanut butter sandwich - ! Needless to say, I don't work for her anymore - the horror! ;-P

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                                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                            I had a client for years that made fluffernutters with butter. And not a smattering but all ingredients were thickly slathered. Shuddering at the thought of all that sugar and calories.

                                                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                              Out in East Hampton Long Island the "locals" are called Bonnackers. A local breakfast treat is a roll with peanut butter and butter affectionately called a Bonac Burger.

                                                                                                                              1. I LOVE butter, & unless I'm using bread for crostini or for a specific recipe where butter isn't called for, I consider bread without butter buck naked & not worth my time.

                                                                                                                                1. cORNBREAD? aBSOLUTELY. Whoops, capslock disorder. Sorry. I do love the taste of butter on bread, olive oil and herbs or pepper are great too under the right conditions, also some of the more rare oils like roasted walnut or pumpkin seed oil. But cornbread just begs for butter.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash


                                                                                                                                    brother from another mother!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                      The wifeacita's jalapeno cornbread is almost ready. There will be butter!

                                                                                                                                  2. My sister, who is what some call "crunchy conservative" (very religious, lots of children, all organic, healthy fats, no grain kind of eating) makes her own butter from unpasturized goat milk, and it is orgasmic. I bring a nice baguette when I visit her, and then have to eat it hiding on the porch with that beautiful butter, so the kids can't see the bread (they crave it). I wish she would stop with the no grains thing, since this butter really deserves bread. On the other hand, she is 40, has 5 kids, and is an amazing looking size one.

                                                                                                                                    1. Ever since I was a child I hated butter on bread and sandwiches. Back in the day, weddings in Bermuda did not have catering but they had sandwiches. Of course they always had butter on them, so I did not eat them. For some reason my palate just could not stand the taste of hard butter. I am so glad that we have progressed now and most people in the food industry do not put butter on bread.

                                                                                                                                      1. As a kid, I'd make bread balls and roll them around the butter. In other words, when I played soccer, I was always on D...

                                                                                                                                        These days, I eschew butter (most of the time) and when available, go for olive oil. This works out well in the Mediterranean, though I always get charged extra for asking for more olive oil, but shoot have I sampled some brilliant stuff in Sicily and Morocco. Japan too, but that's another matter...

                                                                                                                                        Cornbread, ya I still add butter on that, especially when it's jalapeño cornbread. Toast it for a short time and it's a wash.


                                                                                                                                        1. I like to butter muffins


                                                                                                                                          1. Hmm... it really varies for me.
                                                                                                                                            Yes! to butter: toast, biscuits, any sort of fresh baked baguette, dinner rolls.
                                                                                                                                            Nah, I'll pass: banana, zucchini, or pumpkin bread, cinnamon rolls, cold sandwiches, any restaurant bread that comes with olive oil.
                                                                                                                                            Hell no: croissants.