Friday, January 22, 2016

Lets make butter!

The other day when coming home from running errands, I found Emmy Bo on a chair by the kitchen bench with a bowl, a package of cream and the electric whisk.

"Hi Mama! I'm making butter!"

Emmy Bo is without the most passionate Little Cook of the family, spending most of her online time watching cooking videos and letting the world know that The Great British Bake Off is by far her favorite and her best TV program - EVER!

She is only 8 but knows her way around kitchen utensils, sharp knives, peelers and machines already. So I let her get on with it, while unpacking my groceries.

She whisks the whipping cream (35% fat) for a long time until it gets Chantilly cream thick. Then she whisks it for even longer until it starts to get grainy. And then she continues to whisk it until it suddenly separates into butter and buttermilk liquid.

I help her to squeeze out all the liquid and collect it in a glass to enjoy later. We wash the butter in cold water to extend its shelf life,  and then Emmy Bo adds a sprinkle of salt, kneads the butter with her knuckles until all salt is worked in evenly. She gives it a taste...

"Yep! That is perfect Mama!".

We put the butter in a cup and prepare a crisp cracker. It is good. Very good. And it is homemade! As simple as that. And if you wonder where Emmy Bo got the idea from, I would guess it must have been from one of all those videos she has watched. Internet is not that bad after all.

Give it a go. If homemade bread is good, serving it with homemade butter will make it taste even better. Plus it is fun to make butter with children. It is like an experiment, really exciting. Enjoy!

Homemade Butter
Makes approx: 1 cup
  500 ml Whipping cream, 35%
Pinch of salt
Electric whisk

1. Whisk chilled whipping cream on high speed until it separates
into butter and buttermilk liquid, approx 10-20 minutes.
You will go through 3 phases while whisking your cream:
1, Whipped cream - 2, Grainy mixture - 3, Separation between butter and liquid.

2. Pour buttermilk liquid into a glass. Very tasty and fabulous for baking.

3. Wash butter in cold water to pro long its lifespan.

4. Add a pinch of salt to butter and knead it into mixture with your knuckles.

5. Serve butter in pretty container and store in fridge.

Bon Appetit!


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  1. Adorable! What a sweet (and independent) little girl you have!! :)

  2. Yummy!! I am going to make this!! Your tortilla recipe was delicious..I made those and couldn't believe how good they were..keep cooking Emmy Bo!! xo susie

  3. How wonderful! Yes sometimes this plugged in live can have benefits. lol I remember first showing my girls how easy is was, like magic to them. My youngest loves to experiment in the kitchen, always has.

  4. Yummy! What a creative little cook you have. I'm envisioning many wonderful meals ahead for you, prepared by your sweet daughter.

  5. I recently made butter for the first time, and it was so delicious. The only problem I had was trying to figure out how long I was meant to keep the butter for tossing it. I tried to use it all up as quickly as possible, but there's only so much that I can do with butter on a daily basis. What do you reckon?


  6. I have no idea whether my previous comment went through, so I'll write it again. Just delete this one if it turns out to be redundant. I made butter recently for the first time ever, and it was absolutely delicious. However, the issue I had was how long I was able to keep the butter. There's only so much I can cook with butter on a daily basis. What do you reckon? A week? Two?


    1. Hi Stephanie
      Well, it is the butter milk that makes the butter sour. The more thouroughly you wash your butter in clean water and knead out that buttermilk form it, the longer lifespan it gets. I would say a week for sure. If you have washed it well probably up to 2 or 3 weeks. You will probably taste it when it is going off and it won't kill you so just give it a go. Use it for as long as it taste good and when getting sour - throw it out! Good luck! :)

  7. How lovely your daughter is. It sounds yummy.

  8. This is great, I'll have to try it with my granddaughters. I remember making butter at school but not on this scale. We took the cream off the top of a bottle of milk and shook it in a tupperware cup for what seemed like hours and made just enough to cover one cracker! I was so excited about it too.

  9. Hi Annette,
    I will have to give it a go sometime. There could be a chef in the making in Emmy Bo, it's nice that she has something that she is so passionate about.x
    Hugs Julie

  10. How wonderful that your daughter is so interested and obviously able at eight. I agree the The Great British Bakeoff is the best! I must now try to make some butter to go with my homemade bread. Thanks for the recipe. X

  11. She sounds like an amazing little lady.


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