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Chef’n Buttercup Butter Maker

Chef’n Buttercup Butter Maker

Homemade butter is something that everyone should make at least once. It only has one ingredient – heavy cream – and with a little bit of muscle, you can turn it into butter in just a few minutes. One of the first times that I made homemade butter I used a stand mixer and made a fairly large batch. Smaller batches are easier to make ... Read More »

What is Ghee?

Ghee

Ghee is a term for clarified butter that is often used in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking. As “clarified butter” rather than “ghee”, it is widely used in French and other European cuisines. Both ghee and clarified butter are prepared by cooking butter to separate its milk solids from its fat. The milk solids are skimmed off to leave a clear yellow liquid – fat ... Read More »

How long should melted butter cool before using it in a recipe?

Melted Butter

Butter is typically used in one of three ways in a recipe: cold, softened or melted. Cold butter is typically cut in to a mixture of dry ingredients. Softened butter is used in recipes that require the butter to be creamed, such as cookie dough and frostings. Melted butter can be used in many recipes, and often it is stirred into a dry mixture along ... Read More »

How to measure melted butter

Melted Butter

Butter can be used in many different forms in a recipe. Cold butter is usually cut into flour for pastry or biscuits. Softened butter is usually creamed with sugar for cookies and cakes. Melted butter typically used for cakes and quick-mixing recipes like muffins and quick breads. Recipes call for butter in different ways. When you’re dealing with solid butter, measuring is easy, but I ... Read More »

Real Simple taste tests Butters

Butter Brands

The brand of butter that you buy may be influenced by where you shop, the price of the butter and even the packaging. most people don’t take the time to realize that not all butters are created equal and that the flavor can vary quite a bit from brand to brand. In a recent test, the magazine Real Simple tasted and compared 78 different brands ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated picks The Best Butter

European-style butters

Butter is a staple in the the kitchens of every baker and is a crucial building block for all kinds of recipes, from simple chocolate chip cookies to flaky croissants. Most baking is done with plain, simple unsalted butter. This type of butter is labeled “sweet cream” butter and is available in every supermarket in the US. Over the past few years, European style cultured ... Read More »

How to soften butter

Softened Butter

With just a few exceptions, most baking recipes call for butter to be softened or at room temperature. Softened butter spreads easily onto bread and toast, and it whips up into a fluffy mixture with sugar that helps produce a fine, tender crumb in baked goods. Chilled butter is too hard to cream into sugar easily and melted butter simply begins to dissolve the sugar, ... Read More »

Scottish Shortbread

Scottish Shortbread

There are many different recipes for shortbread out there, and I have to say that I like most of them. Who could resist such a buttery treat? Walkers Shortbread is one of my favorites. I like the tender, but not crumbly, consistency of the shortbread and the way that it seems to melt in your mouth when you eat it. It is also very satisfying ... Read More »

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