Two studies over the past year have turned what we thought we knew about dairy fat on its head. They both showed that full-fat butter, cream and milk in your diet may actually help prevent obesity, since the fat makes you feel full. We tested different homemade butter methods, and here’s the easiest recipe for cultured butter out there. It’s great spread on your morning toast, or at dinner, topped with za'atar, lemon zest or smoked salt for a more varied bread basket. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 pint organic heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons plain Icelandic skyr or low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt (optional)
  • A stand mixer

First, combine the cream and yogurt in a clean, dry medium mixing bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for 16 to 24 hours at 74˚F, then uncover the cream mixture. Don’t worry if it has formed a skin on top — that’s how it’s supposed to look. Using a spatula, carefully scrape all the contents of the bowl into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Now pay attention, this will only take a few minutes: