Lotte’s Homemade Butter
Lotte is a very good friend of mine and the most fantastic chef. According to my step children she is also a Queen Fairy (very rare). Lotte recently wrote a cookery book. I have cooked almost all of the recipes and one of my favourites is this homemade butter… divinely naughty and nostalgic.
1 pint (570ml) double cream
1-2 teaspoons of sea salt
Pour the cream into a mixing bowl and using an electric whisk, start beating. Keep beating until the cream starts to look like it is curdling – it will turn slightly yellow.
Continue beating and you’ll start to see it separating and liquid coming out of the mix. Pour this liquid (buttermilk) off and keep for making scones or bread.
As you continue to beat, the mixture will start to resemble butter. The liquid will continue to come out and you will need to keep pouring it off.
Stop beating with the whisk now and finish off with a wooden spoon. You need to keep pushing it about and pressing it with the back of the spoon to remove any remaining liquid.
Place the butter in a clean bowl and then beat in the salt. This will help preserve the butter a little longer.
Take a piece of greaseproof paper and spoon the butter into it. Using the paper shape the butter into a rectangle, wrap and tie with string.
This will store in the fridge for up to a week.
If you’d like to try some more of Lotte’s delights you can buy her book.