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How to make a Polish Easter, Butter Lamb


This recipe is all about the technique of making an Easter Butter Lamb from Scratch. Posting this method is my way of keeping traditions alive. If you like this recipe PLEASE share it with all your friends.

I can't emphasize too much that the butter MUST be the proper temperature to make the fur. Too soft and it will come out like butter (smooth, shiny, and unlike any fur that I've ever seen), too cold, and you won't be able to press it through the strainer.

Because this is a special day and we usually purchase a better grade of butter for this dish. Normal Grade "AA" butter has 80% butterfat content, it doesn't matter which brand, they're all exactly the same. We usually purchase a richer European style butter that is about 90% butterfat content. It tastes different, being a little richer. By no means try to use a spread because it can't be done.

This is not only a decoration for the table, but is meant to be eaten. You'll probably have to be the first to dig into it, and you should always begin at the part that would go over the fence last. This will preserve the head for most of the meal.

All in all I hope that this will bring back some memories for some of you, and maybe start new traditions for others.

After you've made your Butter Lamb, be sure to take a picture of it and send it to me at:

  • 1 Pound, Salted Butter, European Butter

  • 4 Whole, Cloves

A soft Block of Butter Picture

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1. Try to get one solid block of butter. If you'll look closely at this one, I had 2 half pounders, and had to let them get real soft so I could put it together. I then trimmed a little off the top of where the body would be and added that piece to the end to make it a little longer. I've also started the process directly on the plate I'm going to serve on. That's because it would be impossible to slide off the finished product to a different plate.
The Shaped Butter Lamb Picture

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2. This shows how much butter was taken off, as well as how the base (sheared) lamb looks.
The Butter Lamb has been Shaped Picture

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3. A better picture of the lamb prior to putting any wool on him. One thing about the neck. Over the years there have been many funny disagreements about my Mother's lamb telling her that it looked like a dog instead of a lamb. I finally figured it out, by accident, that if you make the neck too tall, it looks more like a dog than a lamb. Be sure to make a very short neck, so it'll look like a lamb.
Beginning to make the Fur Picture

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4. To make the fur, work with the butter you've shaved off the block. Be careful of the temperature. It should be quite cold and a little hard. While you're working with it, you will probably have to put it in the freezer for a couple of minutes every once in a while. If this butter gets too warm, it will come through the mesh and not be separated. For 2005, I probably placed it back in the freezer 5 - 6 times, for the length of time it took me to take the fur off the strainer.
Forming the Fur Picture

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5. Pushing the butter through the strainer.
Pushing the fur through a strainer Picture

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6. A picture of when the butter was too soft. If you look closely, you can see where the butter is a little shiny and smooth where it was too soft (warm).
Beginning to place the Fur Picture

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7. The first of the fur around the neck. This illustrates how thick the fur should be.
Taking the Fur off the Strainer Picture

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8. Taking the fur off the strainer with a thin, pointed knife.

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9. On the larger areas you can slide the fur off with your finger. However, if you're working around the neck of the base, you might want to slide it off with another knife.

10. Last, but not least, place the cloves for the eyes, nose, and one rear hoof.

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