Today, the children and I, have been trying to squeeze every last minute out of the embers of the summer holidays and have been doing a bit of baking.
Earlier in the week, the children asked me where butter comes from. I resisted the urge to say Tesco and instead I decided to show them.
This is a really simple activity for children of all ages and it is the project that just keeps giving because all of a sudden they want to butter their own toast, make their own sandwiches and prepare their own jacket potatoes.
As one of my daughters said …’it is like I am a real life farmer!!!!’. I guess we will have to work on where cows come from next week!
How to make butter:
Take a bowl of double cream, It doesn’t actually matter how much, the more double cream you have the more butter you will get…. simple. Whisk it with an electric mixer for at least ten minutes until the cream separates.
This leaves you with butter and buttermilk.
It really is that simple.
You can add some sea salt to the butter if you like it a little bit salty. The butter will last a few days in the fridge. If you want to make it last longer wash it with ice water to remove all of the butter milk and it will last a few weeks.
I wrapped the butter patty in greaseproof paper and put it in the fridge until we were ready to use it.
I couldn’t bear to waste the buttermilk, so we made buttermilk scones for tea. We used a recipe from the website all recipes. I have made a lot of scones in my life but never made them with buttermilk before.
The children loved making them. Scones are a great recipe to make with children because, they are quick to make, the dough is very forgiving and they taste best straight from the oven.
We ate them with lashings of our homemade butter and a good dollop of strawberry jam.