Yesterday Little Mr & I made butter and kept the buttermilk in the fridge to use in a recipe.
Today Little Miss and I took the buttermilk and got out our basic ingredients, flour, sugar, butter (our own home made butter of course!) and eggs. I've baked many cakes in my time but never using buttermilk, I thought about looking up a basic recipe but I have to be honest, I always end up changing recipes to suit my own needs or do what I think would work. So I thought I'd have a go at my own recipe and just see how it turned out. This is what I used:
To make 12 small muffins
6oz self raising flour
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
3oz unsalted butter.
First mix the softened butter and sugar together using an electric whisk, next add half of the flour and slowly add in the buttermilk. Whisk until the mixture is smooth then add in the egg and the rest of the flour, whisking again until smooth and airy (approx 4 minutes on top speed).
Divide into muffin cases and place into a oven preheated to 180, bake for approximately 30 minutes (ovens may vary depending on which type you have etc so I'd suggest checking from 25 minutes.
These muffins are paler in colour than normal muffins and cupcakes so don't expect them to be too bronzed when done.
These came out very tasty! Not too sweet, very light but satisying. I am going to try this recipe again adding blueberries or other berries as they would make fantastic breakfast or brunch muffins. These will be eaten plan or with a smidge of butter and they are absolutely yummy enough to not have anything else added.
I also think in future I would make the muffins bigger so the above amounts would probably make around 8 muffins.
I'm looking forward to trying some variations though and shall add some pictures as we go.
It's a fun thing to do with the children as an over all lesson on how butter can be made from cream and that we can use the buttermilk in other things so there is no waste, certainly something I will enjoy doing over and over with the Little People.