Homemade bread is good. Homemade bread with homemade butter is even better!
Yes, you read it right. I made my own butter this morning! As it turns out, butter is
surprisingly easy and fun to make. Essentially, heavy cream is just whipped until it
breaks and the fat separates from the liquid. The fat is the butter and the liquid
is buttermilk. How easy is that? I used a stand mixer, but a food processor works
as well. Shaking the fermented cream in a mason jar for about 20-30 minutes
will supposedly work but I prefer to have my kitchen gadgets do the heavy work.
HOME MADE BUTTER
You will need:
- 1 pint of heavy cream
- sea salt
- mason jars with lids
Fill the jar half way with heavy cream and screw the lid tight. Shake the jar back and forth vigorously until it becomes thick like whipped cream (about 5-7 minutes). You can open the jar at that point and see the change of thickness. Next, close the lid and shake again (harder) until the whipped cream becomes firm. It will feel like a ball has formed in the jar, and the liquid (buttermilk!) will separate from the butter. At this point, open the jar and press the buttermillk out of the butter with a paddle or spoon. Run the butter under cold water and press again until the water is clear and no buttermilk can be pressed from it. Add the salt to taste and enjoy!
* One pint of heavy cream will yield about one cup of butter