Good Old Bread and Butter
The other day I was watching one of Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals cooking shows and in amongst a few of the other dishes he was making in that half an hour was homemade butter. Before this I didn’t really know you could make butter at home, in fact the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. But if Jamie can do it in 30 minutes I’m sure I could have a good crack at it.
There’s not really much point in making butter unless you have something to go with it, so Saturday baking was called for. With the dough rising it was time to make the butter. As with everything else, Jamie made making butter look really easy on the TV, but I was convinced it wouldn’t go so smoothly at home…
That’s it! There’s really not a lot to homemade butter. All you do is put the cream in a food processor or mixer with a whisk attachment, and whisk. And whisk. And whisk. Whisk until the cream thickens to whipped cream, then keep on going until it starts to curdle, then finally separates. Yes, really! Butter is only over whipped cream.
I set the mixer to maximum speed and the whole process to 10-15 minutes of continuous whisking. Once the cream has separated it will look like chunks of butter in milk. At this point drain the butter in a fine sieve, discarding the liquid (or whey).
Quickly work the butter together in a piece of grease proof paper. You have to work quickly so the butter doesn’t melt. Now the butter is ready to add the seasoning. I added a pinch of sea salt and some freshly chopped herbs. The parsley, tarragon and chives were the first to revive in the garden this spring, so that’s what won.
I was also very tasty melted over boiled Kipfler potatoes. Butter is not something I would make on a regular basis. It is definitely more expensive than buying, but if you want to make flavoured butter I would definitely do it from scratch again, it really is very easy!
The original recipe can be found in Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals.