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Oh how I love whipped butter. Nothing beats the fantastic butter pots served with hot bread at your favorite restaurants.
You take a slice of bread, stick the knife into the butter, and spread it across the bread in one smooth stroke. Is there anything better than simply enjoying hot buttered bread?
I was so excited when I learned how to make restaurant-style butter at home years ago. Whipped butter is very easy to make, but it feels very special every time I serve it.
Since we can't sit down with delicious restaurant food right now, it's worth spending a few minutes on this butter to make your meals a little more fun. And if you are enjoying making homemade bread these days, you definitely need this in your life.
You might be wondering: why would anyone bother making whipped butter? The answer to that is simple. If you haven't tried whipped butter, you're missing it.
What is whipped butter?
Whipped butter is simply real butter that has been whipped with a mixer to incorporate air, making it lighter, fluffier, and easier to spread.
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When I serve a loaf of homemade bread or rolls with a meal, I try to remember to put the butter at room temperature first. But, in the business of life, it is easy to forget. Then I keep trying to spread cold butter on my bread, which almost always results in torn bread or large clumps of hard butter.
Even when I remember to soften my butter before serving it is sometimes stubborn and hard to spread. The whipped butter is spread evenly and smoothly over the bread each time. No more ripped bread!
Then there is the flavor. Something about whisking the butter alters the texture in a way that makes it taste like a buttery cloud. Whipping the butter also increases its volume, so you get more for your money.
How to make whipped butter
This could not be easier to do. Once you realize how simple it is, you will never serve butter with your bread basket again.
To make whipped butter you need:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons of milk (or water)
In a stand mixer equipped with the whisk attachment, beat the softened butter for one to two minutes. Add milk or water and continue mixing until combined and fluffy.
I like the creaminess that the use of milk adds to the butter, but the water works well too. Salted butter is usually my favorite butter to use in this recipe.
If you go for unsalted butter, just add a pinch of salt when you add the milk. Any butter you use will be delicious.
This is not only great for spreading on bread, but also on pancakes, waffles, muffins, muffins, bagels, and just about any other food you put on top with a little butter.
Once you've fallen in love with homemade butters, you'll want to try these recipes.
Jalapeño Honey Butter is a sweet and spicy butter that I fell in love with the first bite. It's great for spreading cornbread waffles, corn muffins, and this roasted sweet potato and spice cornbread.
For something sweet and fruity, give this strawberry whipped honey butter a shot. Not only is it pretty in pink but it's full of a lot of flavor from all real strawberries. It's my favorite butter recipe when strawberries are in season!
The real vanilla spots make the whipped honey butter even more delicious. I used them to make this vanilla whipped honey butter that my family and I can never have enough of.
Vanilla adds just the right amount of flavor and aroma without being too overwhelming. Try it with Irish Raisin Soda Bread for a tasty snack with a cup of tea.
The next time you're looking for a tastier herb butter, I plan to try this Oh Sweet Basil Roasted Garlic Rosemary Whipped Butter. I imagine how good it is on a loaf of Italian bread or Parmesan bread fresh from the oven.
Homemade whipped butter should be stored in the refrigerator unless you are serving it right away. I take mine out in a small mason jar so I can serve it on the table directly from the jar. An airtight plastic container would also work well!
Remember to take the jar or container of whipped butter out of the fridge an hour or two before serving so that it reaches room temperature. However, on occasion, I forgot to do this and the whipped butter still tastes good straight from the fridge, it's a little firmer.
How to make whipped butter
Creamy, fluffy restaurant-style whipped butter is ridiculously easy to make.
Preparation time: 8 minutes.
Total time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons of milk
Put the butter in a bowl and add the milk. Whisk with an electric mixer (or the whisk attachment in a stand mixer) for 2 minutes on low to medium speed.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on high heat for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the butter is light and creamy.
Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Return to room temperature before serving.
Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355 IU | Calcium: 8mg
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