yes it's true! smoking butter at home is quite simple. you need a metal box with large-ish holes punched in it, wood chips, a pot with tight fitting lid, a plate and some butter. I saw this recipe first in the Lark cookbook. (to read the FWDR review on the book click, here.) it instantly got my attention, the chefs at Lark were equally as inspired by the NOMA Cookbook, where they first discovered smoking butter.
smoking butter is such a great and simple idea - we smoke cheese, why not butter? it adds a lovely flavour to country bread and is great tossed with steamed veggies, you can make a killer beurre blanc sauce with it too, as they do in the Lark Cookbook. I used it here with fresh sliced radishes and flaky sea salt.
my attempt at smoking butter was a bit of trial and error. I used fine oak shavings my carpenter friend gave me, the recipe first called for chips. I used a roses tin for the smoke box. which I needed to make the holes a bit bigger. i'd say half a centimetre would have been best.
I cut my butter into long fingers which gives the finished product a bit of an elegant edge. wrapped in parchment and twine its a gift worth sharing!
makes 1 pound
adapted from Lark: Cooking Against the Grain, by John Sundstrom
1 pound salted butter, cut lengthways in four pieces
wood chips or shavings
- chill your butter on a plate for one hour in the freezer
- place your wood chips into the smoke box, fit on the lid and set over a medium heat.
- when the chips begin to smoke well place in the bottom of a large pot with a tight fitting lid
- place the chilled butter on top of the smoke box, then cover for 20 minutes
- after 20 minutes smell the butter and try a small bit. if its smokey to your liking you're done, otherwise re-chill the butter and smoke once more.
- store well wrapped in the fridge for about a week.