Questions involving butter as an ingredient or as a final dish.

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How important is the creaming process while making a cake?

A few of the chocolate cake recipes I read always start with the step - mix butter and sugar until creamy. I've tried a couple of times but failed to create anything near to creamy. But a few recipes ...
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When using melted butter, is rendering (clarifying) always preferable?

I was looking at this question: How do I butter popcorn without making it soggy? And it got me wondering: is there any instance, either using melted butter for popcorn or in some other application, ...
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Why is my salted butter weeping? And is it safe to eat?

I have some butter with sea salt crystals in, which I keep in the bread bin, unrefrigerated. I have noticed that it seems to be getting wet, with small amounts of what looks like water appearing on ...
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How do I get the flaky top on ooey gooey butter bars?

I'm making Paula Deen's Ooey Gooey Butter Bars (also known as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake) for holiday goodie baskets. I'm having trouble getting the top to be flaky like it is on the bars sold at the ...
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What is the purpose of oil or butter in bread?

Specifically in wheat and potato breads, what is the purpose of adding oil or butter to the dough? I have always assumed it was just for flavor, but I suspect there is some background chemical ...
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How can you make gray or black butter?

Soon, I'll be serving garlic bread, but I would like to add something to the garlic-butter, to make it darker (gray or black). It should look like lead. So far, I've found two ideas: - add dark ...
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How to Rescue Too-Soft Cookie Dough Made with Butter Substitute?

The other day I made a batch of sugar cookies intending to roll them out and cut into shapes. I used the standard Martha Stewart's recipe, but didn't have butter, so I used Smart Balance Lite ...
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What can replace vegetable butter?

I am making a dairy- and gluten-free cake. What can I use to replace vegetable butter?
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Homogenizing whole milk, butter, and vodka

I have a recipe that calls for mixing half a stick of butter into 1.5 liters of milk and 4 shots of vodka. Unfortunately, these three things don't mix very well and as soon as I pour it out into a ...
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What is the difference between these tableware flatware and cutlery?

1) May i know specifically in words what the difference(s) are, if any, between a fish knife a master butter knife (butter serving knife) and a fruit knife? I have googled sufficiently and found ...
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Buttermilk + Butter =?

Watching an episode of Alton Brown's "Good Eats" (episode: House of the Rising Bun) and AB is demonstrating a recipe for cinnamon rolls. In the "wet" mix he includes both buttermilk and butter. Now, ...
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Greasing a pan with butter vs. with shortening

Is there any reason one should prefer one over the other? I've always used shortening (probably because that's what my mom always did), but my fiancee has always used butter. There's no significant ...
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How should I store herb butter?

I tried just keeping it in a tightly-closed container in the refrigerator, but soon it was moldy. I've read this question, which seems to indicate that ordinary butter should keep safely for weeks ...
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Why do different brands of butter taste different?

This has been playing on my mind for a while and I thought it was time to ask! In any supermakert, there is usually at least 5+ regular brands, then 3-4 supermarket brands. In addition to some ...
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Butter alternative for making breads

I'm interested in making dairy-free Banana nut bread. What can I use as an alternative to butter? I'm aware that there is soy and coconut milk as alternatives to cow's milk, but I'm not immediately ...
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Why do scrambled/fried eggs stick less when cooked with butter instead of oil?

Whenever I'm doing scrambled or fried eggs, I use butter and a regular frying pan (aluminium I think) without any special non-stick coating. They never stick to the pan, it's as if they're floating on ...
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What's the purpose of clarifying butter?

Seriously, if it's just an ingredient in something larger, is it going to make a difference if the butter's been clarified or not?
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Replacing butter with olive oil

This is more of a food preparation/health question since it's after the food has been cooked. Recently I've been substituting butter with olive oil. For example, baked potatoes, instead of butter and ...
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What is the expected shelf life of salted butter?

I have just purchased 250g of Lescure salted butter (Beurre Demi-Sel) with a best before date of 23 July 2011. Today is the 2nd July 2011. I thought that butter has a shelf life of months, not 21 ...
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Adding butter to pizza recipe

I like to experiment with my pizza recipe, and I love the taste of butter. Right now my pizza dough recipe is something like this: 2 cups of flower 3/4 cup of water 1 ts of yeast 2 ts of ...
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Use Avocado instead of Butter to bake a cake?

This may sound extravagant, but I have tried a very nice chocolate pudding made of avocado, chocolate, and some other ingredients. You could not tell there was avocado in the pudding and the texture ...
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What happens when butter stops foaming?

Recipes using butter as a fat to sauté sometimes call for you to wait until the foaming has subsided. What causes the foaming? Why do you wait for it to subside? What's the difference if you don't ...
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Why is butter usually labeled “Sweet Cream”?

Most (or even all?) butter found at the grocery store is labeled "sweet cream". Is there a distinction between this and another type of cream, and if so, what is it?
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How can I tell when my fat is sufficiently creamed?

When creaming butter or shortening with sugar, how can I tell when it's creamed enough? With the mixer as low as 3 or 4, even a few minutes of mixing seems excessive. Also, what are symptoms ...
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What different uses do we assign to salted butter vs. unsalted butter?

What different uses do we assign to salted butter versus unsalted butter?
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Convert to tablespoons of whipped butter

Recipe calls for tablespoons of butter but all I have is whipped butter. What is the conversion?
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Why is there a difference between softened and melted butter when baking?

I once tried to make some cookies and assumed that melted butter would be the same as softened butter. It didn't work out... Why does it make a difference if you use softened or melted butter? ...
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Made oven ghee - what is the liquid at the top of my cold ghee?

Yesterday I made ghee in the oven by cooking sweet butter for 2hrs in the oven at low temp. I filtered the resulting liquid through cheese cloth and let the resulting clear liquid sit overnight. ...
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Conversion rule: how to switch oil and butter?

Just a moment ago, I was making muffins. The recipe calls for 125ml oil. As a footnote, it says that you can replace the oil with 125g butter. Can you do so in every recipe (not just muffins or ...
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converting pure chocolate to “bittersweet” chocolate

A chocolate cookie recipe I'm looking at calls for melting down a cup of bittersweet chocolate chips. However, I happen to have a brick of completely unsweetened cooking chocolate in the fridge. Can I ...
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What is room temp Butter

Many of my baking recipes call for room temp butter. In general this just means butter soft enough to be creamed with sugar, but is this a specific temp range? My kitchen stays cold enough in winter ...
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Salted butter in toffee

What effects would using salted butter instead of unsalted butter have on a toffee recipe? I'm using the basic Equal parts butter and sugar Heat to soft crack (285 F) Poor into flat cooking sheet ...
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Non-stick spray substitute

What would be good substitutes for non-stick spray? I've heard butter or vegetable oil. Would something like Crisco work?
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How to prepare butter for baking when time is limited?

From my experience, the best way to use butter when baking is to let it soften to room temperature. However, sometimes one is short on time and must use the microwave to soften the butter. I always ...
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What's the best time and temperature for tenderness when baking red potatoes?

Lately I've gotten into baking Red Potatoes with butter and spices and I've found I enjoy them when they are nice and tender. What's the best temperature for baking red potatoes for tenderness? How ...
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Does milk (fat) change in Winter?

I've noticed that, all of a sudden, my chocolate chip cookies are spreading more than usual. I was wondering if the (organic) butter that I'm using could be affected by the season.
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How does red wine butter impact the flavor of dishes?

I was looking for some ways to use up some older wine and red wine butter came up as a possible use. I see that it is supposedly pretty tasty on many meat-based dishes; how does the wine change the ...
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When baking a cake that calls for butter, should you use salted or unsalted?

I'm baking a cake using a cake mix and extra ingredients. It calls for 5 tbsp of butter, but I'm not sure which to use, salted or unsalted. What difference would it make??
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Browned butter + roasted flour = baking magic?

I love the flavour of browned butter, and I've tried baking sable cookies with roasted flour (delicious). Is there a good reason why, in a bog-standard chocolate chip cookie recipe which calls for ...
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Most efficient technique to prepare milk and butter for proofed yeast?

I have a recipe for rolls where 1/4 cup cubed butter is added to 2 cups of warm milk. The butter / milk mixture is added to proofed active dry yeast, and then a cup or so of flour is added to get the ...
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How to melt butter most conveniently?

Many cake recipes ask to add melted butter and mix it in. In my experience butter needs to be melted to a temperature of about 50-70 degrees Celsius to be soft enough for mixing in. Melting a piece of ...
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Can I still use butter that's been left out for 2 days?

I bought butter in 1/4 sticks (one pound box) and left it in my trunk by accident. It's been very cold 35-50° F (2-10° C) at night/day. It's been 48 hours. Can I still use it? It's still in it's ...
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what is the difference between butter spread and pure butter?

first of all, basically what is the difference? what are their uses and is there a big difference? for example is there a case where I should use pure butter for some things but never a spread or ...
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Can I always use butter instead of margarine when baking?

Some recipes says use butter or margarine, some say use butter and some say use margarine. My question is, can I always use butter or does margarine have some property that butter doesn't when baking? ...
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How do you correctly soften butter for spreading?

How do you correctly soften butter for spreading on bread? Is it simply a matter of leaving it at room temperature for a few hours, or do tools like butter conditioners do a better job?
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What mechanism causes a butter crock to function better than other options?

How does a butter crock work better than a plastic or ceramic butter dish? I can see how the water and stoneware would slow the butter's response to ambient temperature fluctuations. But after a ...
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How do I cook shrimp in butter?

I want to cook shrimp in butter. My problem in the past has been that the butter burns if it gets too hot but the shrimp remains fishy if the butter does not get hot enough. Any advice?
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How does butter remain edible for so long without refrigeration?

My wife and I keep a stick of butter in the cupboard rather than the refrigerator. Even with just the two of us, it rarely lasts very long, but I'd say it may go as long as a week without ...
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How do I butter popcorn without making it soggy?

I've tried buttering my popcorn in the past, and it always turns out inconsistent. A few pieces will be soaked with butter, and others have no butter on them at all. Perhaps there is a way to get the ...
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Butter substitute for 1 cup of butter for baking

What can I substitute for 1 cup of butter in baking recipes (e.g. cookies, muffins, cakes, etc.)? I'm looking for something that has less saturated fat (and also doesn't have trans fat). Update: ...