Lovely with malt-crunch bread
- 250g unsalted butter, divided into two 125g pieces, and roughly diced
- 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
- Apple or oak smoking chips, briefly soaked in water
- Place the butter in separate bowls.
- Add the sherry vinegar to one of the bowls.
- Beat the butter which is in the bowl without the vinegar, until soft.
- Repeat the operation for the butter containing the vinegar.
- Cover both bowls with cling film or an airtight lid.
For each bowl
- Prepare the smoking gun with the desired wood chips.
- Loosen up a little of the cling film, so that you have just enough room to insert the gun (you can use the tube if you like).
- Light the wood chips with a lighter or match (do NOT use a blow torch or gas lighter).
- Smoke for 15-20 seconds until the bowl is full of smoke.
- Remove the gun and seal the gap with the cling film.
- Leave for 10 minutes.
- Repeat the previous three steps several times (up to 8) until you have the desired smokiness.
- If not using immediately, remove the butters from the bowls, shape and wrap in cling film, or place in containers and keep refrigerated.
Delicious, with or without the sherry vinegar!
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