Sometimes on those very rare occasions that I am browsing something other than food on the interwebs, it is uplifting to come across an article that improves your daily life. Forbes recently posted an article about the 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8am. It sounded like something I needed to do to conquer my precious time, often wasted by online distractions like the very article I had just read. I go to bed quite late and wake up reasonably early (read 5:45am). I have never needed much sleep. Juggling working from home and kids in a home studio peppered with sneaky toys and social media distractions is always a tough challenge. So I adapted the five rules this article professed. Exercising. Mapping out my day. Eating a healthy breakfast. Visualising, meditating and positive thinking. Making my day top heavy. The exercising bit was a challenge as I like to do it mid morning and not first thing when I wake up. I am still working on it. I was already doing a big healthy breakfast. But what I found to be the most amazing tip was mapping out my day and making it top heavy. Every single day in the past week I strove to make a cursory written list of everything I realistically wanted to tackle by 3pm and tried to stick to it. I also challenged myself to work harder and faster in the first half of the day to take the pressure off the tail end. After a week, I felt I had to share this because I had achieved a lot compared to previous weeks. I also found that I had managed to create a couple of leisure hours in the evening for myself and my family instead of splitting my time and attention between work and home. Sometimes very occasionally, internet distractions do work wonders!
A productive day can get even better if you throw in 15 minutes churning your own butter. It is so ridiculously simple, you will laugh. All you need is cream and some salt. And of course having a Kitchenaid helps. But any stand mixer, hand held electric whisk, a balloon whisk or a tight lidded jar will do the trick. I made flavoured butter. My flavour was salted maple with flecks of Murray River pink salt flakes. Oh my!
I have included a visual process which will show you how to package your own butter artisan style and give away as a fabulous gourmet gift. This home churned butter will last up to a week in the fridge unless you finish it all off before that. Once you have made a simple butter, try infusing it with your favourite flavours.
15 MINUTE HOME CHURNED SALTED MAPLE BUTTER
A beautiful golden butter infused with maple syrup is churned in a stand mixer in a matter of 15 minutes for a delicious buttery breakfast treat.
Makes – 110g
300ml thickened cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon maple syrup
pinch of pink salt flakes
Place cream, salt and maple syrup in the bowl of a stand mixer fixed with a paddle attachment. Mix on low (Kitchenaid setting 2) for 4 minutes. Increase speed to medium (Kitchenaid setting 4) and mix for 7 to 8 minutes until the milk solids separate.
Using clean hands gently restrain the solids as you drain out the liquid. Press down on the solids to gently squeeze out more liquids. Gather the butter in the palm of your hand and shape it in a round formation. Place on a 6 inch square of baking paper and flatten the top slightly with a butter knife. Sprinkle with pink salt flakes, wrap the baking paper around it and secure with a jute twine. Store in the fridge until ready to use. Soften at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.