The Joys of Whipped Butter

If you should know one single thing about native Balts, it would be this – butter is in our blood. It is no secret that Baltic people are big on dairy and there are heaps of sweet and sour dairy products to choose from, but butter is the essence of our cuisine.

I  clearly remember the first time and first taste of whipped butter. It was a sweet summer day somewhere five years ago, when me and friend headed for a business lunch to the first brainchild of (now famous) Deivydas Praspaliauskas, restaurant Lauro lapas. The chef himself brought unforgettable bread and butter to the table. Bread cut in thick squares, on a narrow black and thick marble board. Our homemade bread with a smooth and silky whipped miso butter, enjoy. With a little butter knife I smeared the butter considerably thicker than my conscience allowed, sprinkled a few fat, gritty pinches of the flecked salt on top and tucked in. It was my buttery moment and I couldn't get this butter out of my mind ever since.

Because whipped butter tastes like nothing else. It is rich and creamy, sweet and silky and it gently melts in your mouth, leaving a velvety trace of sweet cream that keeps you coming back for another bite. Being as creamy and delicious with every bit.

I picked up this trick and technique from several restaurant chefs that I had luck to work with. It is so quick and easy that I consider it being the biggest sin to not give it a try. At least that. Let it be your pure and simple daily joy. I do. And don't forget to sprinkle some flakes of salt. Because it is the whipped butter that makes everything on our plates more interesting to eat. 

Whipped Pumpkin Butter

180 g butter, softened
3 tablespoons milk or water
3 teaspoons toasted pumpkin oil

After butter has softened to room temperature, put it in small mixing bowl. Add either milk or water. Whip with a mixer on low speed for 1-2 minutes. Then add pumpkin seed oil (2 to 3 teaspoons, according to your liking) and mix on high speed for 2-4 minutes until the butter is light and creamy.

Store in the refrigerator when not in use.
Use daily, smear generously. 

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