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If you’ve never made brown butter, you are going to be surprised how easy it is to do! Only 5 steps and it can transform any baked good! Learn how to brown butter in this step by step photo tutorial.
Butter is great. Browned Butter is what all butter hopes to becomes. Browned butter is where it’s at, folks.
One of my favorite recipes on this blog, is these M&M Browned Butter blondies. I mean sure a chewy brown sugar blondie chock full of M&M’s is already pretty friggin’ good. Add in browned butter, and it’s pretty friggin’ good x 1,000,000. No lies.
Adding browned butter to something brings in this extra caramely nutty wonderfulness. If you’re afraid of making browned butter, please don’t be.
Ok first let’s talk about what browned butter is.
What is Brown Butter?
Or brown butter as it’s also called. Browned butter is when butter is melted and the butter milk solids caramelize (hence the brown color). Browned butter can burn rather quickly though. Brown butter is brown right before it burns. So keep a close eye on it!
Let’s take away any fear you might have and make some browned butter. You know so we can add some brown sugar and M&M’s to it, throw on some sweats, and curl up on the couch and binge watch Netflix all day.
So let’s round up our necessary tools. All you need is a spatula and a saucepan. Oh and some butter. That’s pretty important too.
How Long Does It Take To Make Brown Butter?
Making browned butter takes about 5 minutes total.
You will melt the butter and stir it. As it bubbles and foams, you continue to stir for about 2-3 minutes. As you do so, it will begin to brown.
How Do I Brown Butter? – Step By Step
STEP 1: MELT YOUR BUTTER.
Yes it’s that simple, friends. In a saucepan on medium-low heat, melt your butter. Be sure to stir your butter as it melts, to ensure it melts evenly.
STEP 2: COOK OFF THE WATER.
Butter is mostly water, and browning your butter means you are actually browning the proteins. During this step, the butter can splatter due to all that water evaporating, so either stir carefully or you can also use a splatter screen.
STEP 3: THE BUTTER WILL BEGIN TO FOAM.
This step doesn’t really involve you doing anything except stirring and keeping a close eye on the butter so it doesn’t burn. The butter will begin to foam about 5 minutes after you started this whole process.
STEP 4: CHECK THE COLOR.
The butter will begin to turn brown, but sometimes the foam makes that hard to see. So clear the foam way and check the color. If it’s a golden brown, caramel color you’re good to go.
STEP 5: TAKE IT OFF THE HEAT.
The butter can continue to cook while in the pan so it’s best to move it to a heatproof bowl. You’ll notice these dark brown solid bits- that’s the milk proteins- not the actual butter itself. Don’t worry they are supposed to be there. Simply scoop off the butter and there you go! Brown butter!
Now you can use the browned butter right away. Just be careful if you are adding it to a mixture with raw eggs, then allow it cool enough so it doesn’t scramble your eggs.
How Do You Know If You Burned Butter?
You want to keep a close eye on the butter as it is foaming. You will see those brown specks beginning to form at the bottom.
You should also smell the butter. It will have a nutty aroma.
Once these two things have happened, remove it from the heat, to prevent it from burning.
Can You Use Salted Butter To Make Brown Butter?
I recommend using unsalted butter. Different brands of salted butter use different salt amounts so you cannot be sure how much is in your butter.
As you brown the butter, the salt becomes concentrated in the milk proteins which can ruin the flavor.
Depending on how you are using the butter, you can always add a bit of salt to your recipe after.
Can You Make Brown Butter In The Microwave?
Yes you can! It should take about 3-5 minutes depending on how much you are browning.
The butter will begin to pop in the microwave, so it is best to put a plate over your bowl so to avoid a giant mess.
For more information on how to do this, read this article from The Kitchn.
How Long Can You Keep Brown Butter Sauce?
You can also let it cool and store in the fridge in a container with a tight-fitting lid. The butter will of course re-solidify it It will keep for up to one to two weeks. You can even freeze it in icecube trays.
You can replace the butter in any recipe with browned butter! So give it a try and give your cookies and blondies a whole new level of flavor.
Now that you have mastered making brown butter, here are a few recipes to try with it!
Brown Butter Recipes
Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies– Boston Girl Bakes
Browned Butter M&M Blondies– Boston Girl Bakes
Brown Butter Cake – Liv For Cake
Brown Butter Texas Sheet Cake – Bake Or Break
Brown Butter Cupcakes – One Tough Cookie
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