Homemade Bread & Homemade Butter

What could be better than freshly baked bread?  Homemade butter of course!  If you haven’t made your own butter, then you don’t know what you’re missing.  It’s so good and easy to make!  

Notes:  I make the bread in a 9 quart Le Creuset French (Dutch) Oven.  Because of our high altitude the proofing times are usually on the lower end of the range given below.  If you use rapid-rise yeast, increase water temperature, and cut proofing times in half, but still do both proofs.  For the butter, you can do this in the stand mixer with a whip attachment, but the food processor is just a little easier and faster.  

French (Dutch) Oven Bread

  • 4 cups AP or bread flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 105º)
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  1. Using the dough hook for your stand mixer, knead flour, water, yeast, and salt for 6-8 minutes at low speed.  
  2. Place dough in greased bowl and cover.  Let double in size (about 2-4 hours), then punch down and shape.  
  3. Rest dough 10 minutes while you grease the French (Dutch) oven with oil. 
  4. Shape dough into a tight ball and place in center of the French (Dutch) oven and cover.
  5. Preheat oven to 450º while the dough rises 30-60 minutes.
  6. Brush dough with oil and score.
  7. Cover and bake 25 minutes.  Then reduce to temp to 375º and remove the lid.  Continue baking until done.
  8. While the bread cools, make your butter.  

How To Make Butter (with pictures)

Pour heavy whipping cream in food processor and turn on highest setting.  After about 5 minutes you’ll make whip cream.  (See photo below.) 

Butter 3

Whip cream is good, but we need BUTTER!  Keep going and you’ll see the cream turn into butter (solid) and butter milk (liquid).  (See photo below.)  You can save the buttermilk for pancakes or french toast, etc.  

Butter 4

Drain off the buttermilk liquid into a jar and then keep processing.  Stop every so often to drain more liquid.  You’ll notice less liquid each time and the butter will start to clump together more.  (See photo below.)

Butter 5

Once the liquid is removed you’ll have yummy butter.  (See photo below.)  Store this butter in the fridge as it tends to get gross if left at room temperature for long periods of time.  

Butter 6

Slather on bread and enjoy!  

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