Remember my Crafty cousin Trish who inspired my Homemade Vanilla Extract blog post ? Well, she got me thinking again when she asked if I’d ever made butter. I was intrigued, to say the least! She told me that she had read that it’s just heavy whipping cream whipped until the fat separated from the milk. Today we tried it and it was a huge success! Forgive me if I toot my own horn, but this butter was FAR better than anything from the grocery store!
My daughter Jaydin and I started with 2 cups of organic heavy whipping cream. We put it in our Kitchen Aid mixer with the wire whisk attachment and began whipping it at low speed, gradually increasing the speed to high as it thickened.
The cream went through two phases: first it became thicker and thicker until it formed peaks, like whipped topping. After that, you’ll want to stay close by to lower the speed on the mixer because when the milk separates from the fat it can get a little messy quickly, with milk splattering everywhere. I can tell you from experience that it happens without warning. In my kitchen, milk splattered everywhere! :-)
You’ll want to drain the milk from the butter that has formed. Set this aside in the fridge for some special use. My family loved it. They thought it was similar to half and half. We then returned the butter to the mixer to spin a little bit more of the milk out. I spun for a total of about 10 minutes to get from cream to butter.
At this point you can add any desired additives to your butter. We created a rosemary salted butter that is absolutely delicious by adding 1/8 tsp of kosher salt and about 1 to 2 tsp of fresh finely chopped rosemary.
To form the butter, we spooned it into mini muffin tins and placed them in the freezer to set for about an hour. We removed them from the tin by banging the muffin tin on a piece of wax paper. Once removed from the tin, we placed the little pats of butter into a baggie to freeze so thats we could remove them in small amounts as needed.
Next we are going to make some cinnamon sugar butter. It will be perfect for breakfasts around here!