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How to Make Homemade Butter

4.55 from 210 votes
Easily make Homemade Butter with just a few simple ingredients to make your own delicious butter for baking recipes or just to eat on its own.
How to make Homemade Butter

Hi Bold Bakers!

Butter is the backbone of all baking. Being from Ireland, I know great butter.

Usually I get inspiration for recipes from my Bold Bakers (that’s you!). How to Make Homemade Butter was requested a lot from people who said butter was very expensive in their country. However, after tasting this Homemade Butter I want everyone to make it! EVERYONE!

Not only was it fascinating to make, but immensely satisfying.  It takes no time at all, no special equipment, and it’s a pleasure to make. Also, make sure to check out more of my Bold Baking Basics.

How to Make Homemade Butter

Pour the cold cream into your food processor.  You can also use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer.

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Whip the cream until it separates. After around 2 ½ minutes you will see it start to over whip and really thicken — don’t stop! Keep going. After around 4 minutes it should be fully separated. You can see yellow buttery solids and a cloudy liquid at this point.

[ Once you master this butter, try out my Flavored Butter recipes! ]

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Once it separates pour in your ice cold water. This helps separate the butter fully and it separates from the liquid (buttermilk) and you will see even more buttermilk appear.

Place a sieve over a bowl and pour in the contents of the bowl. 

The liquid that remains is buttermilk.  Save the buttermilk in the fridge and use it in your baking or to marinade meat.

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Squeeze the butter solids in your hands to make sure there is NO more buttermilk in there. You want to remove it all otherwise your butter will be wet. Also you can squeeze it in a clean tea towel or a cheesecloth.

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Stir in some salt or flavors to your soft butter. This recipe will yield you over 2 sticks/10oz/ 300g of butter. 

Store in the fridge for 6 weeks and use in your baking, savory dishes or even on toast.  

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How to Make Homemade Butter (Bold Baking Basics)

4.55 from 210 votes
Easily make Homemade Butter with just a few simple ingredients to make your own delicious butter for baking recipes or just to eat on its own.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 2 sticks
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Easily make Homemade Butter with just a few simple ingredients to make your own delicious butter for baking recipes or just to eat on its own.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 2 sticks

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (24floz/720ml) heavy cream (high fat content)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons Ice water

Instructions

  • Pour the cold cream into your food processor. You can also use an electric whisk or stand mixer.
  • Whip the cream until it separates. After around 2 ½ minutes you will see it start to over whip and really thicken. Keep going. After around 4 minutes it should be fully separated. You can see yellow buttery solids and cloudy liquid at this point.
  • Once it separates pour in your ice cold water. This helps separate the butter fully separate from the liquid (buttermilk) and you will see even more buttermilk appear.
  • Place a sieve over a bowl and pour in the contents of the bowl.
  • The liquid that remains is buttermilk. Save it in the fridge and use it in your baking or to marinade meat.
  • Squeeze the butter solids in your hands to make sure there is NO more buttermilk in there. You want to remove it all otherwise your butter will be wet. Also you can squeeze it in a clean tea towel or a cheesecloth.
  • Stir in some salt or flavors to your soft butter. This recipe will yield you over 2 sticks/ 10oz/ 300g of butter.
  • Store in the fridge for 6 weeks and use in your baking, savory dishes or even on toast.

Recipe Notes

Dairy free milk will no work for this recipe. You need dairy cream
Use a cream with a high fat content. The higher the better.

 

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Carol
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Carol
1 month ago

Sorry I forgot to put how many stars on my last comment.

Candace Anderson
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Candace Anderson
28 days ago

I am trying to figure out what I’m doing incorrectly. I made two batches of butter, back to back, using Kitchen Aid blender, whisk. Fresh heavy duty heavy cream. One batch takes only a few minutes to form butter, the other batch takes over 40 minutes. I can’t figure it out. What do you think is going on?
Thanks

Hazel
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Hazel
3 months ago

I made this on thursday. It turned out great and the taste is so yummy. Thanks gemma, you make it a lot easier for me. Sending you hugsss 🥰🥰 with love from 🇧🇳

Candace Anderson
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Candace Anderson
23 days ago

Gemma, I used the food processor for the butter making process and it came out great! It was much simpler than the Kitchen Aid Mixer! I do need to get some cheese cloth. There is something so special about gifting someone with homemade bread and a container of homemade butter!
Thank you for your correspondence and encouragement!
Candy from Alabama

Momof2babies
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Momof2babies
1 month ago

It was so easy to make. Since we’re on quarantine my daughter and I are trying a lot of new recipes. Thank you for all the fun and inventive ways you are teaching ud

Akshay Dhawan
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Akshay Dhawan
4 days ago

Hey Gemma,
Can we use Half and Half Cream?

Ivanna
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Ivanna
5 days ago

Thank you for sharing many recipe. You’re owesome. I tried your cream cheese recipe and it taste sooo good.

Mia
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Mia
12 days ago

Will this keep in the freezer?

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Jean Coyne
15 days ago

This worked great. Could not be easier.

poksonyoon
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poksonyoon
15 days ago

Thank you for easy recipe now on my way to buy a cream

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