I Can't Believe I Made My Own Butter!

I Can't Believe I Made My Own Butter!

I never thought the day would come when I would make my own butter!  I thought it was all about milkmaids dressed in long petticoats and churning endlessly in wooden barrels.  When I realised that all that's to it is to overbeat cream, I just couldn't resist giving it a go. It's a really fun thing to do, super-easy and you can add your own flavours too.

homemade butter

Preparation Time: Less than 10 minutes
Yeild: About 150 g/5.2 oz.

Ingredient
250ml/8.8 fl. oz. cream

Method

  1. Pour your cream into a bowl and whisk until it becomes thick.  Whip it until it looks a little bit crumbly, turns slightly yellow and some liquid appears in the bottom of the bowl. With my simple and very old hand whisk this usually takes about 7 minutes.
  2. Bring the mix together with a spatula, place it in a sieve and squeeze the liquid out with your hands.
  3. Pat the butter into the shape you want and store in greaseproof paper in the fridge.

homemade butter

Tips and Variations

  • If you want to add some flavour, I like to do this as soon as the butter is ready before it goes into the fridge.  I find it easiest to use a fork. Here are some flavour ideas.
     - Sea salt
     - Chile flakes and sea salt
     - Soft herbs like parsley, chives, sage (chop them finely)
     - Garlic (grated)
     - Lemon zest and grated garlic with some sea salt
     - Roasted garlic cloves

homemade butter

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