Homemade bread is a staple in our house. And we all know you can't have homemade bread without butter. Well, in our house you can't. For ease of spreading, I usually bought whipped butter and saved the sticks for baking. One day it hit me, I was spending a lot of extra money for whipped butter, which was essentially butter and air. The tightwad in me couldn't stand for this.
Off I set to make my own whipped butter. I succeeded.
So if you simply love whipped butter vs. stick, or you are looking for a way to stretch your dollar a little, give this a try!
(And if you really want to get in touch with you inner Laura Ingalls Wilder, you can make your own butter from heavy cream which we love to do as well.)
DIY: Whipped Butter
1 pound salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup warm water*
glass jars for storing
mixer with whip attachment
1. Add the sticks of butter to your mixer and whip on high speed.
2. Gradually add the 1/2 cup of warm water. (Don't try and use cold water, your room temperature butter will seize up on you.)
3. Whip the butter for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, on medium/high speed until it is light and fluffy.
4. Store in glass jars.
*If you'd like to make a smaller amount of butter, the ratio is 2 tablespoons warm water to 1 stick butter.
(As with all real butter, this butter is easiest to spread at room temperature.)