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How to Make Homemade Butter

4.49 from 166 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)

4.49 from 166 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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Hazel
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Hazel
1 month 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 🇧🇳

Dizneyfanz
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Dizneyfanz
11 hours ago

Thank you for this recipe. These days it is extremely difficult finding certain items, so I tried the recipe. I made butter and it is delicious!

Jesse
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Jesse
4 days ago

Can you use “English Double Devon Cream” to make butter? I ask as the highest heavy cream we have in Canada is 35% whereas I have come across “ English Double Devon Cream” and it is 48% and I want to make it as amazing as possible (since you did say the higher the milk fat the better).

amy campbell
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amy campbell
1 month ago

How long will the buttermilk last in the fridge?

amy campbell
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amy campbell
1 month ago

I so enjoyed making my own butter. So easy and so so so good! ❤❤❤😋😁😁😁

LindaADove
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LindaADove
1 month ago

HELP! I just purchased a container of 18% cream – I have been beating it in a blender and then mixer for about 30 minutes ! Still no thick cream or any separation! I have just put it in the refrigerator until I find out what to do with this attempt to make the butter! I just purchased your book Gemma and love your fb videos and recipes

Ariella
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Ariella
1 month ago

Which food processor piece did you use?

jim
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jim
1 month ago

I tried this recipe. After 5 minutes, all I had was whipped cream. 37% fat content cream. Kinda bummed it didn’t work

Angela
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Angela
1 month ago

Is there any reason the salt couldn’t be added before you blend it? I found trying to add the salt to the butter afterwards made it inconsistently mix which made it super salty in some bites or no salt in others

Craig Barcomb
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Craig Barcomb
2 months ago

I used heavy whipping cream work well for me it did come out a bit white nut was good
I added a it of salt works hood in all the things I bake

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