Butter whipped at home is just divine, and to me, there is nothing better for a weekend brunch than buttermilk pancakes with homemade orange honey butter on top. Some homemade butter recipes merely instruct you to melt some butter, mix some stuff into it, then stick it back in the fridge, but that’s not what we’re doing here. We are going to whip some heavy cream with a mixer until it separates into butter and true buttermilk. Once you make your butter like this from scratch, you’ll be trying all sorts of butters, like herb butters for steak, cinnamon butter for waffles, and so on. Let me take you through the process:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp orange blossom honey
zest of one orange
pinch of salt
Place the whipping cream, honey, orange zest, and salt into a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and turn the mixer on as high as you can go without splattering cream everywhere (medium high for me). It will take about 10 minutes to take your whipping cream to the butter stage. Let’s break it down.
In the first few minutes, the mixture will turn into orange honey whipped cream:
After a couple more minutes, the mixture will start to clump up, and by the 7 or 8 minutes mark, the butter will really separate from a liquid that collects at the bottom of the bowl. This is true buttermilk!
Once the butter has clumped up, scoop it out from the bowl and form it into whatever shape you like. I usually use a disher to portion it out into little balls, like pictured above. Spread it on pancakes, muffins, toast, whatever your heart desires. Enjoy!!!