Monday, April 6, 2009

Homemade Bread and Butter

All you LDS folks out there know that this past weekend was conference weekend. For my non-LDS friends, twice a year we have a two day general conference where we receive instruction from our general leaders of the church in SLC. Sam and I have the BYU channel through our cable provider, so we watch conference at home. That's a lot of time at home! Between sessions on Sunday we decided to try our hand at some bread and butter. We'd made bread before (this was an old mix we found in our food storage), but we'd never intentionally made butter before. Anyone who was friends with us during our foray into ice cream making knows that we unintentionally made really sweet vanilla butter no matter what ice cream recipe we used!! The butter was so easy to make! We used 16 oz. of walmart brand heavy whipping cream as our base. I let the cream come to room temperature (about 90 mins) and then dumped it into my food processor. Turned on my most beloved appliance and about 3 mins later we had butter!! I saved the leftover liquid to make pancakes with later this week, and began washing the butter.
It only took 2 rinsings to get the water clean. I didn't do a great job squeezing the excess rinse water out, so it's a little moist. We added a pinch of salt (literally Sam pours a small amount in my hand) I'd guess that it was about 1/8 of a teaspoon and stirred it in. Sam can't really taste the salt, but I can. In the end we made about 7 oz of butter. Next time we're going to try cream from a local dairy to see if it's any different. Yum and easy! You can't get any better than that!
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