Quick and Easy Homemade Butter

Making homemade butter is quick, easy and fun. This simple recipe will have you making your own in minutes.

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Making homemade butter is quick, easy and fun. This simple recipe will have you making your own in minutes.One of the highlights from my recent visit to the River Cottage was making my own butter in the cookery school. It’s something I’ve had on my list to try for a long time, I just hadn’t got around to it (there are a lot of things on my list like that!).

It turns out that making your own butter is really easy, you simply over whip double cream until it has separated, squeeze out the excess liquid, season and pop it into the fridge.

Making homemade butter is quick, easy and fun. This simple recipe will have you making your own in minutes.Since I got back and told Daniel (who’s 5) that I’d been making butter he’s been asking to make it with me. However, he’s not a fan of my (sensible) way of making it. When I told him I’d been making butter he asked how I had done it. He then happily announced that he knew another way – if you put milk (he meant cream) into a jar and run around then it’ll turn to butter. I asked where he’d learnt it expecting it was something they’d shown him at school, only to be told that he’d learnt it from Thomas the Tank Engine!

We haven’t tested out his way yet (it sounds like much harder work than using the mixer) maybe we’ll try it out over half term next week.

Making homemade butter is quick, easy and fun. This simple recipe will have you making your own in minutes.

Quick and Easy Homemade Butter

Making homemade butter is quick, easy and fun. This simple recipe will have you making your own in minutes.

Keyword Buttermilk
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 13 tablespoons

Ingredients

  • 300 ml Double cream you can use as much or as little as you'd like
  • A pinch of salt optional for if you want to make salted butter
  • Iced water optional for if you want to prolong the life of the butter.

Instructions

  1. Whip the cream on high speed until you form butter (you’ll know this has happened as you’ll see quite a lot of liquid in the bottom of the bowl). Add salt if you wish to make salted butter.

  2. Using a spatula or a wooden spoon keep mixing by hand to squeeze any excess buttermilk from the butter.

  3. Remove the butter from the bowl a lump at a time and give it a quick squeeze with your hands, before setting aside.

  4. If you want to prolong the life of the butter, dip it into a bowl of iced water to rinse of any leftover buttermilk. Pat dry with clean kitchen paper.

  5. Form the butter into a lump (in whatever shape you fancy) and refrigerate until you want to use it.

Recipe Notes

300ml double cream will make approximately 200g butter and 100ml buttermilk.

If you would like to prolong the life of the butter, rinse it in iced water to wash off any excess buttermilk before refrigerating. Left unwashed, the butter will last up to five days in the fridge.

This recipe is adapted from the recipe I was taught at the River Cottage Cookery School.

Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

There are loads of uses for the buttermilk squeezed out of the butter. Here’s a few ideas…

Making homemade butter is quick, easy and fun. This simple recipe will have you making your own in minutes.

Free From/Suitable For…

The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Gluten-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Tree Nut-Free
  • Peanut-Free
  • Sesame-Free
  • Soya-Free
  • Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphite-Free
  • Fish-Free
  • Crustacean-Free
  • Mollusc-Free
  • Celery-Free
  • Mustard-Free
  • Lupin-Free

Making homemade butter is quick, easy and fun. This simple recipe will have you making your own in minutes.

 

14 Comments:

  1. This is so good and extremely easy.

  2. What is double cream?

  3. Absolutely brilliant! I’ve never even thought of making my own butter! Pinned right away 🙂 Your pictures are fantastic!
    Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare

  4. Wow. I have lists like that, but making butter isn’t on them. Perhaps it should be? If it makes it onto the list I think I prefer the non running around version 😉 #cookblogshare

    • It should definitely be on your list. If nothing else it’s a great way to use up leftover double cream.

      I’m with you, I’d alway choose the food mixer version, but I think I’m going to have to give in and try the other way with the boys soon. Hopefully it’s not too exhausting!

      • Leftover double cream – what’s that? Is it in the same category as those recipes which use “leftover wine”?…!

        Seriously, I’ve been making my own butter (from cream from a small herd of properly-reared, named(!) Guernsey cows) for over a year now, using my Thermomix. The butter is not only the most delicious we’ve all ever tasted, it’s actually cheaper than buying equivalent quality butter. Amazing.

        The only relatively slow step is getting all the whey out of the butter, so I’m looking into ways of making this step quicker. I think that wooden paddles will help – ?

  5. Oh wow, amazing! Always wanted to make butter. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    • You should definitely try it, it’s so quick and simple. The boys would probably enjoy getting involved too!

  6. Wow Charlotte, is it that easy to make your own butter? That is great! I am going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing, it looks fabulous.

    • Yes, it’s really that simple, I’m annoyed at myself for not trying it sooner. Let me know how it goes when you try it.

  7. This sound like fun. Something that my boy and I can do together. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. #TastyTuesday

    • I’ve not made it with the boys yet (due to Daniel’s insistence that we do it his way!), but I’m sure they’d enjoy it. I think they’d find watching the cream turn to butter quite fascinating.

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