I love Hugh Jackman. I love every film, musical and play he’s starred in. Even the not-so-good ones. Take Kate & Leopold, for instance. Standard fare romantic comedy on the brink of being disastrous if it wasn’t for Hugh. His best line in the film, “Ah yes, you mock me. But perhaps one day when you’ve awoken from a pleasant slumber to the scent of a warm brioche smothered in marmalade and fresh creamery butter, you’ll understand that life is not solely composed of tasks, but tastes”.
Fresh creamery butter. Though my husband’s Irish, he does a pretty convincing British accent. Especially when he mimics Hugh Jackman’s character of Leopold, an English baron from the 1870’s.
Fresh creamery but-ta.
Good stuff. Go make this fresh creamery butter. If there’s heavy cream lurking in the house, perhaps leftover from this weekend’s rice pudding, now you know what to do with it. Whipping cream works just fine too. Now, I must go start on that brioche.
Homemade Organic Butter, yields 5.5 ounces
Though I normally buy unsalted butter, I’d definitely recommend adding a few pinches of salt to this homemade version. Not only will it be tastier, the salt also helps the butter keep longer.
Music Pairing: Sting, Until
- 2 cups organic heavy cream or whipping cream
- pinches of salt, to taste
Pour cream into food processor and process for about 10 minutes. It will turn to a thick whipped cream, and then separate, leaving the butter and remaining liquid, which is buttermilk. Strain the buttermilk into a jar, cover and refrigerate for later use.
Scrape butter from the sides and place into a clean bowl. Cover with very cold water and pour into a strainer, discarding the liquid. Continue rinsing with cold water until the water runs clear. The cloudy water is buttermilk which will make the butter turn sour. When the butter is clean, work with a rubber spatula to press out any remaining liquid. Discard liquid. Add salt to taste.
Transfer butter to a container for keeping, pressing with a rubber spatula to dispel any air bubbles. Cover and refrigerate.