Homemade nut butters are relatively easy to make. This post explains how to make walnut butter, with pictures.
Yes! I am on the ball and I am posting my Daring Cooks Challenge on time this month! I think I will give myself a gold star….
The July 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own nut butter from scratch, and use the nut butter in a recipe. Their sources include Better with Nut Butter by Cooking Light Magazine, Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds, and Food Network online.
I was excited to see that our challenge this month was something I could use in my everyday life. Nut butters are super healthy, and a great way to add nutrition to your meals. I’ve used nut butters and nuts in many baking recipes (remember Gluten-Free Brownies?), but I’ve never tried it in savory recipes.
I found the walnut butter easy enough to make, but mine didn’t become so smooth and pourable as I had hoped. It was probably because I made a small amount and I used a smaller food processor. You can add a little bit of oil at a time to smooth out the consistency. I chose to omit the oil. For softer nuts, you can make nut butter in a blender, too. And don’t forget the handy mortar and pestle!
Different nuts have different oil contents, so the amount of oil you add to your walnut butter will not be the same amount of oil you would need for a cashew butter.