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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…

300ml full fat thickened cream
sea salt to taste
3 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs (I used tarragon, parsley and chives as these are the first to rejuvenate this spring)

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.

Once the herbs have combined with the butter, roll it into a log using a piece of cling film and put in the fridge to set.  Once set it is ready to serve however you like.

I thought it went exceptionally well with my freshly baked bread.

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.


Comment from Julie
Time October 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Awesome! I didnt know you could make butter at home :) great work!

Comment from Kristen »
Time October 18, 2011 at 12:52 am

I’m surprised to hear it’s more expensive than just buying it — good butter is expensive here in NYC. I think I’ll have to try this one for myself!

Comment from Kat
Time October 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

Its not expensive if you know someone with a milk cow!!!! (cough cough, I do!) lol

Comment from Detective Chow
Time October 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

Hmm, might have to give herb (or truffle) butter a go sometime. Like you, I suspect it will be a “try it once” kind of thing.

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