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

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Rocky road seized up?

I tried to make rocky road and stuck exactly to the recipe which called for butter and syrup to be added to melted chocolate..but very single time I added the butter to the chocolate it just seized ...
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Can ghee be used instead of butter in dessert recipes?

Butter is an inevitable ingredient in most of dessert recipes. By definition, ghee is just clarified butter, but to me, the taste is completely different. The taste of butter is more close to heavy ...
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In baking, can yoghurt replace butter?

By baking, I mean cakes / muffins / biscuits. This is mainly to cut down on fat. I've tried replacing butter with yoghurt in all of these and the results were OK. Are there any cases where it's not ...
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How does substituting Butter for Margarine/Shortening affect the Recipe

I know that Margarine / Shortening are usually softer than butter, but what other differences are there? Can I just melt the butter and call it good or will this effect my final Product? I have seen ...
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Getting butter from yogurt

The common way for taking butter from milk is to shake the cream captured from milk. There is also a traditional way to shake yogurt to separate butter. However, I was unable to find any instruction ...
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button mushrooms turned red while frying in butter

I fried fresh sliced button mushrooms in butter over low heat with no other ingredients. After a short while dark red areas started to appear on the sides of several slices. I never noticed anything ...
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Do people eat clotted cream AND butter at the same time?

In The Hobbit, Gandalf is described as eating loaves with clotted cream, butter, and honey. I'm familiar with clotted cream, but I always eat it with jam - clotted cream PLUS butter seems excessive. ...
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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 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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What can I substitute for vegetable oil in a recipe?

Is there something that I can use as a substitute for vegetable oil in a recipe? I'm actually making cornbread (I think it matters), and normally the recipe calls for 1/3 cup vegetable oil. ...
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Why use clarified butter in a bearnaise

I love Bearnaise. I use a recipe that calls for clarified butter, but why just not normal melted butter? Is it purely taste? Or is it because filtering the milk solids away changes how the bearnaise ...
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Is it possible to substitute butter with egg yolks in cookie dough?

I would like to know if it is possible to completely replace butter/margarine with egg yolks in cookie dough? Or in any other kind of butter-based dough while we are at it. And, if it is possible to ...
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I want to substitute liquid oil with a dry product

I would like to know if there is a dry food product available that is a good substitute for vegetable oil or butter. I want to package dry mixes that I can take camping with me where hopefully all I ...
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creaming butter vs adding to flour in cakes

Most cake recipes call for creaming the butter and sugar first, then adding liquids and flour alternately . Recently I have seen several recipes instructing to add cool butter in small chunks to the ...
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Butter vs oil in Banana bread and Zucchini bread

I've looked up a number of recipes for banana bread and zucchini bread, which I think of as pretty similar foods in terms of texture, moistness, etc. As I expected, the recipes I find online all tend ...
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What is the purpose of kosher salt in peanut butter? Can it be replaced with something else?

From here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-peanut-butter-recipe/index.html Ingredients 15 ounces shelled and skinned AB's roasted peanuts, recipe follows **1 teaspoon ...
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Cooking vegetables with butter and water

I have been cooking vegetables, such as pea, green beans, broccoli, etc, and even eggs, by placing some butter and water in a fry pan, then cooking the food with a lid on to steam until the water ...
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Graham cracker crust too salty for cheesecake

My first cheesecake was too salty, particularly around the crust, and I want to know what could have caused it. One possibility is that I mismeasured the salt, although I do not make that mistake ...
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Butter cream icing substitutions for covering the cake with fondant

Is it Okay to have whipped cream icing before covering the cake with fondant? I don't have enough time to make butter cream so I would know other alternatives that could be used in this case. I have ...
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How much is a knob of butter?

I was reading a question here on Food and Cooking and no one seemed to know how much it is. I tried to Google convert it to cups but no dice. So how much is it?
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Butter clarifying mixing mistake

During the making of clarified butter, I mistakenly mixed the oil and protiens in the pot with a wooden spoon. So I have an emulsion now. I was thinking, that the oil and the rest will separate ...
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Why does my butter icing melt so quickly?

I've been making cupcakes for a while now and I use butter icing. They come out pretty and taste nice, but they melt so quickly. Sometimes it's impossible to pipe, because the icing goes so sloppy. ...
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Is it safe to eat butter after it has crossed its expiration date? Does butter ever spoil in fridge?

I just came back from a long trip and I was cleaning out my fridge, and I noticed that there is an expiration date on the butter. It expired about two months from when I bought it. The butter doesn't ...
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Cutting cold butter into flour - which mixer attachment should I use?

I have a kitchenaid 6 quart stand mixer and a large family of nine. At the moment we're using coupons to buy biscuit dough, but I wanted to look at the time and effort to make our own. Not just for ...
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What is milk product in cocoa butter?

What does "may contain milk" mean on the side of my cocoa butter container? Is it not pure cocoa butter?
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Cooking an egg without oil or butter

I like scrambled and fried eggs but the butter or oil probably add unnecessary calories. How can I fry an egg with no butter? I tried in a Teflon pan but it was a mess.
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Why do my pastries come out flat when I use butter instead of margarine?

I am making Danish puff and also mini cream puffs. When I make them with butter, they are coming out thinner and flatter, spreading out. they should be high and round. It calls for margarine (which I ...
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Can I make puff pastry with half the butter?

I made puff pastry with Gouda cheese inside and it turned out really good. The only problem I had was the amount of butter and it was too buttery. I'd like to know if it is possible to reduce the ...
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What can I use instead of butter for Jamie Oliver's steak recipe?

Jamie Oliver had a steak recipe that was fairly simple: Season (salt/pepper/olive oil) Dry pan (no oil in the pan) on heat Fry a minute+ on each side, flip several times When browned, rub the ...
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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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Can you interchange oil and butter in emulsified sauces?

You have sauces like hollandaise and béarnaise, which are made with egg yolks and clarified butter. You also have mayonaise, that is made with an egg yolk and oil. What would happen if you would make ...
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Did I make butter, or something else?

Tonight I tried to make some butter from some raw cows milk. I followed the instructions here, and let the cream I skimmed off a gallon of milk sit for about 24 hours to "culture." It didn't really ...
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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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Can coconut oil yield the same texture as butter/shortening in a cake?

Most cakes usually require having a solid fat, like butter. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but with a lower melting point, making it seem like a good candidate for substitution. If it is ...
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Making that little butter thing you put on top of steak

So, how do I do it? It's delicious and adds a bit of class. Any suggestions as to what I should compose it out of?
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How much to reduce salt when using salted butter in place of unsalted butter

I normally don't keep unsalted butter on hand since I use it so seldom. So when a recipe calls for salt and unsalted butter among its ingredients would it be alright to use salted butter and reduce ...
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Why do choc chip cookies change with different temperature butter?

My name is Chris and my daughters name is Maggie (9yr) She’s doing s science fair project and we have a question we need help with. Her science project is baking choc chip cookies 3 different ways to ...
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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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I need melted butter

Today I am supposed to make a chocolate mousse for dinner and I need butter (melted).The shops are closed. Can I use vegetable oil instead of melted butter?
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Is it possible to churn butter in a food processor or blender?

I would really like to make some homemade butter. Can you make it with a food processor or blender?
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Substituting margarine for butter in cookies

I want to make cookies but I am allergic to dairy. Is margarine an acceptable substitute for butter in cookie recipes, and if so, how do I substitute it?
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What to do with browned butter after frying a steak

I have cooked a steak Gordon Ramsay style (oil, butter, thyme and garlic). Now after I have prepared and seared the steak, what can I do with the remainders in the pan? Its brown butter with the ...
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Is unrefrigerated butter safe? [duplicate]

I have 3 lbs of butter that has been left at room temperature since, about, December 22nd. Is it still safe to eat?
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Prevent uneven browning with breadcrumb chicken?

I love pan-fried breadcrumb chicken, but I don't know how to get the breadcrumbs to brown evenly. I dip the chicken breasts in egg, then cover them in breadcrumbs, melt butter in the pan on medium ...
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How can I stop my buttercream being grainy?

I am making buttercream icing but the powdered sugar does not dissolve with the butter and shortening. The icing is grainy. How can I prevent this?
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Frosting kept melting when trying to frost cake

I made a chocolate malt cake for the first time the other day. I let the cake sit overnight to cool. I made the frosting while the cake was baking and put it in the fridge for the next day. The ...
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Properly melting butter and sugar together for butterscotch bar recipe

I've been trying to make butterscotch bars. I'm not a new baker, but I don't have much experience in melting brown sugar and butter together. The recipe (included at bottom of post) I'm using says ...
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Can vegetable oil be used in place of butter?

I just happen to have one of those Betty Crocker cookie mixes on hand today, and the ingredients list at the back calls for 1/2 a stick of softened butter. I don't have any butter to spare today, but ...
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Making ice cream and fats don't dissolve in base

I am making ice cream from this recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/10/apple-browned-butter-sour-cream-ice-cream-recipe.html (the first variation) Upon reaching the final mixing step for ...
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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?