Sunday, July 20, 2008

making butter and buttermilk. scones pt. 1.

I know that I have blogged about making butter before. It is one of those fun projects that the boys just love, but also one that we do often. Since we get farm fresh milk, we love using it fully. So making our own buttermilk and butter in just 15-20 minutes is great-especially when it will be used in a fresh scone recipe! YUM.

So a re-cap about how to make butter and buttermilk. It is easy, really!

For my scone recipe, I need 10 Tbsp cold butter and 3/4 cup buttermilk. So, we started with 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream in a quart mason jar. Add 3 marbles. Screw on the lid tight, and start to shake. We like to put on some fun music, and let the boys dance around shaking the marbles in there as the music blasts.

We all take turns shaking - lots of fun.

After 15-20 or so minutes of shaking it will start to get thick - keep shaking. Suddenly it will separate - you will know when it has happened.

Drain the buttermilk to use in your recipe. Then take that fresh butter, rinse it with cold water, and smush it around on a cutting board with a wooden spatula to get out the excess buttermilk. How much butter vs. buttermilk you get depends on the cream, so will vary. This made us almost 10 Tbsp of butter and plenty of buttermilk to fill our 3/4 cup recipe requirement!

So now that you have fresh butter and buttermilk, you have to try our awesome scone recipe!

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