Butter used to be a project that took our foremothers all day. How wonderful it is that we can now whip up a batch of homemade sweet cream butter without much fuss. We can even do other kitchen tasks while the homemade butter practically makes itself!
How to Make Sweet Cream Butter: Basics
Using a tool most of us have in our kitchen, a stand mixer, you can pour in your slightly warmed cream, flip it on. Then, just walk away. (However, this is the easiest way to skim cream I’ve found so far).
However, if you happen to hang around and watch this amazing process in action, you’ll notice the cream go through several changes:
- It will quickly whip into a soft cream, followed by a stiffly whipped cream.
- Then, it breaks and falls before it looks curdled.
- You’ll begin to notice milky liquid puddling along the sides. This is when I like to switch to the paddle attachment. I like to start with the whisk attachment and then switch to the paddle in the end.
I’ve done lots of experimenting with both attachments and with various speeds. So, I found out that when you start with the whisk it makes smaller butter pieces, extracting the most buttermilk which makes for less rinsing later. Then, the paddle attachment brings all those bitty buttery pieces together in a beautiful golden lump.
- When it’s all clumped together in a ball of butter and the buttermilk is beginning to splash up the sides of the bowl, you’re just about done!
- Quickly shut off the mixer before you make a mess. Just be careful that when you turn off the mixer you don’t accidentally turn it UP! It will splash everywhere!
Sweet Cream Butter: Further Tips
Drain the buttermilk off into a bowl- BUT DON’T THROW IT AWAY! You can use it anywhere you use buttermilk. Also, you can put in a tablespoon of cultured buttermilk and leave it out in a warm place to culture until thick. Then, you’ll have a beautifully thick, cultured buttermilk. It’s so simple!
Once the buttermilk is drained, put the butter back into the mixer bowl and run some really cold water over the butter. Next, massage out any residual buttermilk. Drain the milky water and refill it with more cold water. Finally, just repeat the massaging and rinsing and draining until the water is clear.
So, you’re all done! Unless you’d like salted butter. Like I do!
How to Make Salted Butter
In order to obtain salted butter, I’ll massage in ¼ teaspoon of butter for every 2-3 cups of cream I used to make the product. However, the amount of salt depends on your taste preferences.
Also, I don’t worry about having salted vs. unsalted butter on hand for baking. Either final product comes very handy when cooking. So, I really like to have enough of both.
At this point, you have to decide whether or not to take your butter to the next level and make an herbal compound butter or bacon butter. Which I can’t begin to recommend enough. You’ll never go back!
How to Make Sweet Cream Butter: Printable Recipe
How to Make Your Own Sweet Cream Butter
- 1 quart of cream
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- Sit the cream out on the counter to warm up for an hour or two. Slightly warmed cream (50-60 degrees) whips up into butter more quickly.
- Pour the cream into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and turn it onto medium (I set it to 4.)
- When the cream begins to separate into small chunks of butter and you can see the buttermilk beginning to gather at the sides, switch to the paddle attachment.
- After the paddle attachment (also set at 4) brings all the butter together, drain the buttermilk into a jar using butter muslin and a canning funnel
- Place the butter back into the mixing bowl and cover the butter with cold water.
- Massage the butter, releasing any remaining buttermilk.
- Drain the cloudy water, refill, massaging again until all the buttermilk is released and the rinse water stays clear.
- Drain the water.
- Massage in ½ tsp., more or less, to taste.
- Keep soft and fresh in a Butter Bell (Like this one.)
- or spread into a silicone pan (I use this one.)to make a stick.
All in all, you could probably notice how easy-to-make and still delicious this recipe is. A perfect choice for those times when you crave some sweet butter, however, you want to make it yourself. That’s a suitable moment for the Sweet cream Butter. Believe me, all your loved ones will adore it and your effort will be minimum!
Finally, it’s your time to share your experience with this recipe and all your thoughts on it. So, tell me everything in the comments section: What do you think about this butter recipe? Did your family enjoy it? Additionally, please, do not hesitate to ask any further questions on this topic in the comments too. I will make sure to answer you as soon as possible!