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Best Butter Cookies

Best Butter Cookies

It’s hard to beat a good butter cookie. It’s also hard to find one that is just the right combination of crispness, tenderness and a good buttery flavor. Bakeries – even otherwise good ones – are filled with bland “butter cookies” topped with a variety of colorful sprinkles to lure you into giving them a chance. I stick to making my own butter cookies these ... Read More »

Butter vs shortening in pie crust

Double Crust Pie

Pie crusts are usually made with butter, shortening or a combination of the two. The solid fats are rubbed into a flour mixture, creating a dough that resembles coarse, wet sand before some liquid is added to it and you can press it together into a ball. The procedure is the same, but the two fats will give you different results in your recipes. Butter ... Read More »

Whipped Maple Butter

Maple is one of my favorite cold weather flavors. It has a unique, rich flavor and a caramely sweetness that you can’t find anywhere else. This year, I’ve noticed that the price for pure maple syrup has gone up quite a bit, due to there being a bit of a drop off in the supply. It’s not going to keep me from buying it, since ... Read More »

Whipped or light butter in baking

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When it comes to recipes, it is usually best to match the ingredient list as closely as possible. Use large eggs, when a recipe calls for them. Use buttermilk, rather than a substitute if you can. You’ll usually get the best flavor and the most accurate results this way. The biggest temptation – these days, it seems – is to substitute lower fat ingredients in ... Read More »

Are European-style butters better?

Walk into just about any grocery store and, in the dairy aisle, you’ll see several butter packages labeled “European style.” The descriptor was seen rarely only a few years ago and now brands like Plugra are all over the place. Some cooks swear by these specialty butters – but are they better than the standard American-style? The difference between European-style and American-style butters is butterfat ... Read More »

Can I use salted butter for baking?

One question I get asked all the time is whether it is acceptable to use salted butter in baking, since most recipes either don’t specify salted or unsalted, or explicitly recommended unsalted butter. The simple answer is that yes, it is fine to use salted butter in baking. That being said, there is a reason that bakers – myself included – and just about all ... Read More »

Homemade Butter

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What could be more enjoyable than creamy butter spread onto a nice piece of good bread? Homemade butter made from the best cream you can possibly find spread onto a nice piece of good bread. This morning was devoted to butter making. And by “devoted to” I mean to say that I poured some heavy cream into my stand mixer, put on the whisk attachment ... Read More »

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