From time to time I post about my less than successful experiments in the kitchen. These are usually first tries and I’m always hopeful that I’ll come up with a better solution for whatever didn’t go quite right.
I recently tried a recipe that was supposed to be a way to make spread margarine or butter out of sticks of the same. The recipe said to mix 1/2 cup cold milk with 1 lb of butter or margarine and it would turn out just like the store-bought “soft margarine”. That sounded pretty easy!
So I put four sticks of softened margarine in my mixing bow and mashed them just a little bit with the beaters of my electric mixer. I decided I should add the milk a little bit at a time. I poured in some of the milk and started mixing.
Well, the milk never did mix in! In fact the more I tried to mix, the more the milk just kept splashing all around and just would not incorporate into the margarine. I poured the rest of the milk in and kept trying, but had no luck.
I’m still a little baffled as to why this happened. Maybe butter would have worked better than margarine? It was a hot day and the margarine had been setting on the counter and was quite soft. Could it have been too soft? Maybe the milk was too cold? Very puzzling . . . .
If anyone has any advice on why this happened, feel free to share. Maybe I’ll give this one more try with real butter.
Update: Since first trying this recipe I have had better success with this homemade butter spread.