I shall explain the simplest recipe ever, which is very useful for almost any other meal, because it is one of the most essential ingredients everywhere. Cakes would not be as fluffy, biscuits would not be as crumbly, pancakes would not be as nice, potato mash would not be as lovely, toast would not taste as good without... butter!! And when it is home-made it just makes it even better.
Since I've lived in Thailand I really missed bread and it still is a treat to me. And Lithuanian rye bread with butter is the loveliest treat in the world, and when the butter is home-made... You basically have to hide it from me. Well, to be honest, any bread type of thing with a bit of butter...
You have to start out with some double cream. The quantity should be according to a jar that you've got: just to have a bit of air in there.
I tried making it in a bowl with a mechanic whisk to start whipping it up quicker, but after a few times of comparing it to just shaking a jar, it's a lot quicker, easier and less washing up :]
So SHAKE the cream. I like to do it to the OutKast song Hey Ya (Shake it shake shake it shake it..) Haha!
Shake shake shake shake shake it, and then shake it again. Or give it to someone else to shake. It's actually really god exercise for a few minutes.
Have a quick check how it's getting on. Yayyy! It's starting to whip up! That's stage one: it becomes whipped cream.
Keep on shaking. Later on it thickens even further, something like this:
After some patient shaking it even longer it turns into... butter!! How easy was that?? And don't get scared of the white liquid around it: it's buttermilk.
Don't pour the buttermilk into the sink though!! You can use it up fo cupcakes, some cakes and other things. I usually just drink it.. It tastes just like milk, but it's really good for you, because its got lethicin in it. So pout it into another container.
You can't leave buttermilk in the butter because it will make it bitter. So now we need to wash it. Yes, wash the butter.
Pour some icy cold water into the jar and shake it again. Pour the white-ish water out and do that again. When the water comes out clear, stop.
And there you have it - your own home-made butter! Congratulations. Now put it in some comfortable-to-use container and enjoy it every day!
You can also salt it or make spiced butter. For example, put some salt, pepper and crusher rosemary in it and use it as a sauce for fish. Yum!