Wednesday, 16 February 2011

homemade butter and caraway rye bagels

you know i promised that i'd be more experimental, and less boring. well, there's just so much deliciousness to today, i don't even know where to start! i'm just on the edge of my seat with excitement to tell you all about the most foodie day i've had in a long time (after this one and this one)...

so, i was watching Jamie's 30 Minute Meals the other day (which I love by the way, but that's for another day!) and on it he started making his own butter - wowee! it's something i've always thought would be a cool thing to do, and it totally fits with my desire to be self-sufficient one day. i am just astonished it's taken me this long to do it!

homemade butter is one of the purest joys in the world

now, some of you are probably thinking, oh my goodness, that's not healthy at all! and really, of course it's not - but i really believe in everything in moderation, so having a bit of homemade butter on fresh bread from the oven once in a while is a luxury to me and not a sin. and if you are going to eat it, surely eating your own is the best, right?

it was the easiest thing to create as well - i urge everyone to give this a go (unless of course you are vegan!) . all you really do is whisk double cream until it turns into butter. there's nothing added, it's just one pure simple ingredient. i used the 'k' beater on our kenwood mixer until the whey came out and it started to form one large ball. then you squeeze out all the whey and wrap it up to put in the fridge, or eat immediately :)

we then ate homemade caraway and rye bagels and rolls with the homemade butter, and some homemade soup with homemade chicken stock and homegrown veg. it was such a precious feeling knowing all the effort that had gone into preparing this meal, i felt elated. 

did you all know the secret to perfect home bread baking? well, listen carefully and take heed of this advice. USE A BAIN MARIE. yes, a roasting tin with an inch of boiling water in the bottom of the oven whilst the bread or rolls are baking makes them fluffier, lighter and more moist.

now for some photos of the cutest puppy dog in the world, Bruno - who has now fully recovered from his surgery a fortnight ago. even though he's got the worlds longest dog scar, he's got loads of energy, and is such wonderful company to us all...

i hope you enjoy making your own butter, and trying out the bain marie bread making method! and most of all, just have a splendid day 

and keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful dessert i made today, which will be featured in tomorrows post - chestnut cream with homemade digestive biscuits, scrumptious!

currently listening to: how he loves by jesus culture

1 comment:

  1. I'm a long time lurker coming out of hiding to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Thank you for the home made butter instructions! I've been wanting to make some for the longest time and think I'll give it a try!


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