May 11, 2012

BUTTER TERRINE

Butter or margarine? While butter has been around for thousands of years, margarine is only 142 years old, and it was specifically designed to substitute butter. Which is better for you? That's a hard one to answer. The purist in me chooses butter - it only requires one ingredient to create it. 
 

Making butter couldn't be any easier with a standard mixer. Whip heavy cream until the fat separates from the milk. Strain in cheesecloth and give it a good rinse in cold water. It's important to squeeze all the remaining buttermilk out, otherwise the butter will spoil faster.

 
Compound butters are flavored butters, typically made by mixing in herbs, liquids, or spices. Here, I've gathered a number of ingredients to play with. My goal was to create a range of colors and flavors that work well together.

I was having so much fun that I concocted a total of 16 flavors...! Perhaps I went a bit overboard. Here are three savory butter terrines, and one sweet.



Because these are so colorful, they almost look like pâtés or desserts. I am typically very conservative on the use of butter, but I have been slathering these terrines on everything! They're so inviting, and are packed with a ton of flavors.

And finally, I couldn't resist. I love packaging.





9 comments:

loganskitchen.com said...

I'm glad you don't resist on the packaging: that's one of my favorite parts, and makes your posts so unique!

Sara said...

WOW, these butter terrines are seriously gorgeous, and I love all the thought that went into selecting butter flavors that would go well together. What a great project, yum!

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful! I think I missed the assembly process though...I have a feeling I could easily make a melty mess! Awesome concept!

Anonymous said...

Inspired! Love your work! Would love to learn how to make them all. By the way, what camera and lens are you using? Really love the concepts, photos, packaging, etc. Everything. :)

Lisa said...

Thanks! I may add a brief How To. Stay tuned...

I have a Canon 7D and primarily use my 50mm f1.4 lens.

Mrs Ergül said...

All the things you do are amazing!!!! Lovely projects!

Anonymous said...

How DO you assemble the terrine? Especially the top one...

Looks lovely :)

Sofregít Mamas said...

Love the packaging...is that natural kraft wax paper or something else? If so, where did you get it? Thanks

MRPaiz said...

what kind of molds did you use, or how did you get those mosaic shapes?