Bryanna’s Vegan Butter
Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett
Recipe courtesy of: www.vegan.com
1/2 cup soy milk, or almond or hemp milk—original, not unsweetened, not flavored
1/2 tsp lemon juice (if allergic to citrus, use unseasoned rice vinegar)
1 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup canola oil or alternate (click here for alternates)
2 tsp liquid soy or sunflower lecithin
3.85 oz (109 g) fair trade, organic cocoa butter, preferably deodorized
1/2 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum
Optional 1/8 tsp turmeric (for brighter yellow color)
- In the container in which you are going to mix the Buttah mixture with your immersion/stick blender, whisk together the soy milk, lemon juice and salt. Add the oil and lecithin, but don’t stir. Set this aside. (To measure out the lecithin, oil the teaspoon measure and then use a small silicone spatula to scoop it out of the spoon.) Have ready 6 medium-sized silicone cupcake liners (or whichever silicone molds you are using) placed in a 6-cup cupcake pan, or in a shallow baking pan. (See Cooking Tipsfor other molds.) To melt the cocoa butter, place it in a small heat-proof dish and either: Melt it in a microwave oven (I timed the melting of the cocoa butter in my microwave and it took 3 1/2 minutes at high power in a 1200 watt oven); OR Place the dish in the top of a double boiler and melt over simmering water.
- Pour the melted cocoa butter into the container with the rest of the ingredients and add the guar or xanthan gum and optional turmeric. With your immersion/stick blender, blend for a couple of minutes, or until smooth, creamy and thickened. When it is thick and creamy, STOP! It is emulsified.
- Immediately distribute the mixture evenly into the 6 silicone molds you are using. Place the molds in the freezer for about 1 hour. Do not omit this step because you want the mixture to solidify before the fats and liquids can separate. If for some reason you blended too long and the emulsified mixture “broke” (became liquid-y, as shown in the photo below), it’s okay—you can save it: stir each mold or container of Buttah mixture briefly with a mini-whisk before placing in the freezer. Then whisk it again every 10 minutes or so for about 30 minutes, putting it back into the freezer each time—or until it starts to firm up and look creamier.
- After 1 hour, the Buttah should be solid and can be released from the liners or container, wrapped or placed in a covered butter dish, and refrigerated. It will keep refrigerated for about 3 weeks, or you can keep it well-wrapped and frozen for several months. Refrigerated, it will stay solid at room temperature after freezing and thawing for some time, so it’s safe to put it on the dinner table, but it’s best kept refrigerated most of the time after thawing.