I totally think butter should be it's own food group.
Making homemade butter is so easy that the first time I did it, it was an accident. I was actually trying to whip some cream for a dessert topping. A little too much whipping, and my cream turned into butter. It was awesome!
So now I make homemade butter on purpose. I like to make butter for myself and to give as gifts.
Here's what you need:
That's right- just cream and a food processor or a blender.
Pour the cream into your food processor, then turn it on. In less than 5 minutes, you'll have butter.
First, the cream will get to the consistency of whipped cream - perfect for topping your favorite dessert. Then, the cream will start to look a little lumpy. Finally, the cream will completely separate and you'll end up with butter and buttermilk.
Place a medium meshed sieve over a bowl to strain the butter. You want to press as much liquid out of the butter as you can. Make sure you reserve all that wonderful buttermilk for something else. I made pancakes 🙂
Place the butter back into your food processor with a tablespoon of ice water. Pulse for a few seconds, and you'll end up with a super creamy butter. Transfer your butter to a container or wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper. I like to wrap mine in parchment in half cup rolls.
Now, you could stop there and enjoy your butter as is, or take it one step further. I like to make compound butter while I'm at it. Before I remove my butter from the food processor, I'll add other ingredients. This time I decided to make a cinnamon sugar butter and a dill butter.
For the cinnamon sugar butter, I added 1 tablespoon of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to half a cup of butter.
For the dill butter, I added 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh dill and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to half a cup of butter. This is crazy good on salmon.
By the way, did you know you can get parchment paper and baker's twine at Dollar Tree? It kills me how much I love that place.
And, I'm lucky enough to have a store right near me that frequently puts pints of cream on sale 3 for $.99. Since butter lasts so much longer than cream, I'll go buy a whole bunch and make as much butter as I can - I like to make a lot of cookies 🙂
Can you believe making butter is that easy? For the majority of the time I was making my last batch of butter, I was holding my 2 month old with one hand while pulsing with the other. But of course you learn to do everything one handed with a newborn, right?
Next time, I'm going to try to get more creative with my compound butter - I'm thinking lavender. What would you put in your compound butter?
Homemade butter y'all!