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Brown Butter is the perfect addition to baked recipes and many savory dinner recipes as well. This ingredient gives a full, nutty, buttery flavor to whatever dish it is added to. Try this simple technique to bring a depth of flavor to your favorite recipe!
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How to Brown Butter
Hi Everyone, this is one of the best ways, to add incredible flavor to baked recipes, and also many dinner recipes.
You might ask: What is the difference between brown butter and regular butter?
Regular butter is just plain butter that you can buy in the grocery store.
Brown butter (also called “Buerre Noisette”), is butter that has been cooked and the fat in the brown butter is toasted in the skillet (in this case we use a cast iron skillet).
Why is brown butter so good? What is special about brown butter?
Applying this method to butter makes it have this deep, nutty, buttery flavor that butter would not otherwise have on its own.
It has a memorable aroma and makes recipes taste SO good!
Does brown butter make a difference?
Yes, it absolutely does!
Can you brown butter in cast iron?
You can, I certainly do but if you do, know this, that it is harder to see the butter brown in a dark pan. Most people recommend using a light pan or stainless steel pan so that you can see the color as it browns better.
- 1 1/2 cups (345 grams) unsalted butter
- cast iron skillet
- Make Ahead: I recommend making Brown Butter ahead of time when needing to use it for another recipe – a day ahead or several hours ahead.
- Storage: This Brown Butter can be stores up to 5 days in the refridgerator. It can be stored in the freezer up to 3 months. Before using in a recipe, you will most likely need to bring it to room temperature first which can take a 1/2 hour or longer depending on your room temperature.
- Recipe Yield: This recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups, however, make whatever amount that you need. Please note, if you need a certain amount of brown butter for a recipe, it’s a good idea to make a little extra, because there is some moisture loss during the process of browning the butter.
Recipe Process Photos
I have included some more recipe process photos to help:
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- 1 1/2 cups (345 grams) unsalted butter
- Have a heat-safe wet measure ready near the stove where you are making the brown butter. In a medium-large cast iron skillet, over low-medium heat, heat the unsalted butter, until melted. Make sure you stay right near the stovetop because the butter can brown really quickly.
- Using a whisk, stir the melted butter at a low simmer. Adjust the heat to prevent the butter from burning. Remove from heat if it starts burning. The butter should foam and sizzle a little. Keep stirring the entire time. It can take about 5-10 minutes (depending on the amount of butter that you use) to make it brown. It should have a lovely, nutty, and buttery aroma - it should be golden brown when done.
- Add the brown butter to a wet measure and allow it to cool to room temperature, use in your recipe that you need it for or cover, and put it into the refrigerator to store until you need it.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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