I started with a small container of heavy whipping cream. I poured the entire container (about 1 cup) into a mason jar with a tight lid and we started shaking! The girls and I all took turns, and it took about 20 minutes. After about 15 minutes, I was getting a little concerned because I was just making whipped cream! But, in the next few minutes, there was a separation of the buttermilk and the butter and it was nice and thick in the middle, so I knew it was done. Note: I would say it takes 20 minutes of Mama-strength shaking. It would still be cream if the ladies were in charge!
I ended up with about 1/2 c. buttermilk and 1/2 c. butter. I poured everything through a sieve to drain the buttermilk. I'm wishing I had just poured the buttermilk into the biscuits, but now I'm thinking a chocolate cake sounds good!
While they were shaking, we watched Hermie and Friends, Buzby movie. My girls love honey and butter on biscuits, so I decided to make some biscuits for lunch to go with our fresh butter. And, I had found these little honey bottles at Big Lots very inexpensively, so this seemed like a good time to pull them out.
While they finished up the movie, I made the biscuits. Here is my favorite biscuit recipe!
1 c. milk
2 c. flour
3 Tbsp. shortening
4 tsp. baking powder
Cut together flour, baking powder and shortening. Add milk and stir until combined. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll. Cut biscuits out with a cookie cutter or round biscuit cutter. Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes.
We enjoyed homemade biscuits, fresh butter and honey for lunch! It was a fun treat and I hope we can do it again soon! A friend stopped by and I offered her some and we agreed it had such a pure and natural taste. I always love doing things that make me feel like a pioneer woman (from the comfort of my air conditioned home with an electric oven) and this was a fun project. It got me to thinking about doing some sort of Old-Fashioned Arts class with young ladies some day. Wouldn't that be fun!?
What makes you feel like a pioneer?
"How sweet are Your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
~ Psalm 119:103