Buttered Easter Lamb






Today I wanted to share how to make a buttered lamb for your Easter table. Now I have only been making these for seven or eight years and once a year at that. Many people are taught at a young age to make beautiful buttered lambs and it is a cherished tradition passed down through the generations for the Easter holiday. Fun fact: I showed my five year old a picture of my buttery masterpiece and asked him what he thought it was....after thinking very hard, his first guess was a unicorn with crazy hair. Geez...lol.  I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder...lets get started so you can create your own unicorn, I mean lamb. lol


Supplies needed:

-2 sticks of cold butter

- 1 Tablespoon of butter, softened

- 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

- 2 whole cloves

- garlic press


-toothpicks






First thing you need to do is cut a third from the end of one stick of butter. Place the larger piece of butter on the serving dish to use as the lamb 's body. Spread some of the softened butter on the cut edge of the smaller piece and position on top of the larger piece of butter to create lamb's head. Your lamb should look like the photo below.



Cut a diagonal slice from two corners of the second stick of butter as shown in photo below. These pieces will become the ears of your lamb. Spread some softened butter on one end of each piece and attach to lamb's head. At this point my butter ears began to get soft so I was able to mold them a bit to make them more realistic looking. If the butter gets too soft to work with just refrigerate for a bit to firm it up.


Next you will need to cut a 1/4 inch slice from the other end of the stick of butter. Then you will cut that slice in half diagonally. You will now have a triangle. Spread some softened butter on the flat end of the triangle and attach it to the lamb's head to create a nose.


Your lamb now should be looking similar to the photo below. What I would do next is go ahead and insert the cloves right above the nose for the lamb's eyes. I did this step last on my lamb and ended up disturbing some of the curls, so I think it would be easier to do it at this point.


Cut remaining butter and reserved triangle to fit into a garlic press.


 Squeeze butter through press in batches. Use toothpicks to curl pieces. Beginning at the top and working down, place curls on body. 



Your lamb should be starting to look more "lamb-like"! This project can be very tedious so be kind and patient with yourself. Remember perfection is not the goal...its the memories!


Once you have completed  your darling Easter lamb, you will need to dip your toothpick into the ground cinnamon to create some nostrils.


He is finished!! This buttered lamb is a wonderful addition to an Easter table. When I bring mine to Easter dinner I always get a lot of compliments on him even though he is not perfect!


This year I'm hoping to make another one with my little boy. I think kids would really enjoy this project and I bet their little lamb creations would look so sweet!!


I had to include a photo of some pretty blooms!


I hope I have inspired you to create a new Easter tradition of your own by making a buttered lamb. They really are the sweetest looking lambs.


Thank you for stopping by!!

-Larissa



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