Homemade Butter and Soda Bread

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Homemade Butter and Soda Bread

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit River Cottage. Here we did a cookery class where we learnt to make out own butter and soda bread. I was keen to put what I had learnt into practice and have a go at home. It varies slightly from the one we made at River Cottage as I believe we used Spelt flour and oats there. Either way it was really tasty.

To make the butter you will need: 

300ml double cream
pinch of salt.

I have to admit I was shocked at how easy it is to make butter. I just got a pot of double cream and whisked it until it went hard and the butter milk came out. 



You then squeeze the butter milk out of the butter and then wash in cold water.


Finally you season with some salt. Simple!

Next I made the soda bread. You will need:

250g plain white flour, plus extra for dusting
5g salt
2 tsp baking powder
150ml buttermilk left over from making the butter.
1 chopped apple
A handful of blackberries
50g goats cheese diced


Pre heat the oven to 200C. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder with the buttermilk. Knead briefly. Mix in the blackberries, apples and goats cheese. Shape into a round and cut a cross in the top. Place onto grease proof paper and bake for around 25 minutes.


Serve warm with your homemade butter.



You can find more about the cookery courses at River Cottage here.





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