Yesterday, while online, I ran across a gal talking about making homemade butter. It sounded interesting, particularly since I had been thinking about trying to make compound butter (butter with herbs or other flavors in it).
Then, when I was buying the cream for the cobbler, I found that heavy cream was on sale. I though "Oooh, it's practically a sign!" So I bought an extra pint of cream.
And today, while also cleaning out the fridge, I did it. :D
Here's a beauty shot of the lemons and garlic I bought to flavor the compound butters.
Making the butter was shockingly easy. Put it in the mixer, whip the cream, keep whipping past the point of whipped cream, then suddenly, it will clump and become butter!
(Note the plastic "splash guard" I taped on.)
Aaaaaaaand here's the final product.
I looked up some recipes for compound butter, but in the end, mocked up my own mixtures base on what I had.
I made (from bottom to top): blackberry & mint, lemon & basil, roasted garlic, and then just salted butter (accidentally over salted slightly, darn it).
It is tasty, but then again, it's butter - of course it's tasty. I can't really detect an actual flavor difference, but the texture seems a bit smoother for some reason. I'm not sure. It's not cheaper than buying butter (of course), but it would definitely be something I'd think about doing again if I were making more compound butter. I think I will try that again, but perhaps will puree the herbs a bit, rather than mincing them. Hmmm... we'll see.