|Homemade butter blend ready to use|
Its a cheaper, homemade version of butter spread or margarine, but with less preservatives. This is something I've been making for the last couple of years and find it is a great butter substitute. I only buy butter, as I really dislike the chemical taste of margarine but find it solidifies too much in the Winter. Making it near impossible to spread on bread without ripping holes in it!
To make a batch of butter blend you will need:
500g block of butter
300 ml oil of your choice (I prefer the taste of olive oil but vegetable or canola works just as well)
First soften the butter a little. You could do easily this in the microwave. I don't have a microwave (but thats another story,) so place mine in a metal bowl, cover it in cling wrap and place in the sun for a few hours. Whatever you do, don't melt it on the stove top. I tried this and the butter blend turned out gritty and awful.
|Beat the butter|
Once the butter is softened, place in a mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer until it turns fluffy and pale in colour. Just like making butter cream icing.
|Adding the oil|
Next while still mixing, gradually pour in the oil and mix until it comes together.
Easy as! Then just pour it into containers, and keep in the fridge, ready for use. This butter blend works really well in recipes and can freezes well.