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

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How long should I cook herbal ghee?

How long do you simmer the ghee with the herbs? Does it depend on what herbs I'm using?
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Using I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and salt in a recipe that calls for unsalted butter

There's a cookie recipe I'm going to make that calls for 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and 1/2 teaspoon salt. We use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter as a substitute for butter, however that contains ...
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Made my own garlic and chive butter, what is the shelf life? [duplicate]

The process I used was 2 cups of butter in a hot pan, some roasted garlic and chive, and salt and pepper. I warmed it for about 5 minutes then transferred it to a container. I use this butter to ...
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May I use cacao butter in place of coconut butter?

I'm out of coconut butter and am making fat bombs that call for coconut butter. I have plenty of cacao butter on hand. Can I use that instead? Thanks!
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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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Clarified butter: what happens if the foam isn't skimmed off?

I know that most recipes for making clarified butter discard this foam. But I've also seen some recipes, like this one for ghee, which do not skim the foam. The butter will form a foam which will ...
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Is it possible to fry breaded or flour covered chicken with only butter?

I understand that I would be using a lot of butter, but my only concern would be burning the milk solids. So would clarifying the butter be key? Would it take better than using oil?
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How to save failed pie crust dough (warm butter)?

OK, I've accidentally used warm butter in a common pie crust recipe (250 g flour + 205 g butter + salt + cold water). The dough formed before I could even add some water at it does not look like the ...
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Why is butter incorporated into the dough last when making Brioche?

I made Brioche for the first time tonight using the Rich Man's Brioche recipe from Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice. The recipe basically leaves out the butter until the very end when the dough is ...
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Clarified Butter for Hot Sauce?

Would there be an advantage or disadvantage to using clarified butter to making hot sauce? Often, a recipe calls for butter to be mixed in with some pepper sauce. I'm wondering if clarified butter ...
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What is “pastry butter”?

I was recently watching a television show where a reference was made to "pastry butter". This was in the context of making croissants saying that normal butter was incorrect type to use. After ...
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Flavored caramelization

When should flavorings to brown sugar-caramel be added: during caramelization of after? I make caramel regularly for inclusion in coffee based drinks. The caramel recipe is simply: brown sugar ...
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Homemade butter not softening properly

Recently made butter in my stand mixer. Squeezed it dry and rinsed it before kneading in sea salt. However, when left out the butter is not softening as store bought butter would to make it ...
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Warming refrigerated butter at a table in a restaurant

I love to cook. One of my favorite ways to cook is to go to a restaurant, look at the menu, get ideas, and order creatively. It helps to tip well. For example, I've been successful creating diet ...
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Butter melted then soften

If butter is melted then refrigerated to soften consistency will it have the proper results if recipe calls for soften butter?
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Is butter ever the same after having been melted?

I was recently doing some experiments with butter which involved melting it gently in the microwave and pouring it into dishes. It seemed to me that after the butter had cooled and re-solidified, it ...
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Substitutions for “European style” butter in croissants

I've been trying to make croissants at home. Many recipes I've read specify "European style" butter, with a higher fat content. However, finding this kind of butter locally is very difficult. In the ...
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Water content of salted butter

It seems to be common knowledge among bakers that salted butter has a higher water content than unsalted*. How much higher? And if there's a different amount of water, why does this nutritional data ...
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What is the fastest appliance/utensil to cream butter and sugar with?

I have: but even with the whisk on the stand mixer, it seems to take for ages compared to when I was a kid and used a: I'm using room temp butter and mix it for 10-20 seconds before starting ...
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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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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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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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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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How should you saute in butter?

Sauteing is pretty problematic for me with butter. It is difficult to find the sweet spot where you don't burn the butter but don't steam the veggies, and even then seldom I will not get a sizzle even ...
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Garam masala paste for butter chicken

I am trying to make butter chicken and most recipes call for adding garam masala powder to the mix. I could not find the powder and only found garam masala paste instead. Can i use the paste instead ...
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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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What to do when too much butter added to my puff pastry dough?

I made puff pastry dough, but I figured I've added too much butter to it and now that it is in the oven, the butter has melted and covered the dough! (I need your advice for the next time) What should ...
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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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Kosher butter substitute for baking (flavour and mouthfeel)

I'm looking to find a pareve (non-dairy, non-meat) substitute for butter which lends a similar flavour and mouthfeel for baking. I would be using it to make something along the lines of a brioche (...
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Substitute double cream for butter?

I have a lot of leftover double cream and I was wondering if I could substitute it instead of butter in a biscuit recipe? I know it's a different consistency, so there would have to be some ...
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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 does butter do in cooking?

When cooks use butter in cooking for whatever recipe, what is its function? For example, if I add butter to a chocolate sauce which is made from heavy cream and milk chocolate, what do people expect ...
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Where can I find yak butter online or in NYC?

I was told by a Nepalese acquaintance that it's not available. Seems unlikely.
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Garlic butter sauce

My family loves pasta with butter,garlic,and black olives topped with Parmesan but now I'm in a home with a gas stove and it causes the butter to clump to pasta and no longer is like a sauce stirred ...
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Solutions for when heating chocolate and butter doesn't mix well

Yesterday I tried to make brownies that started out with me having to melt unsweetened chocolate with butter in a frying pan on the stove. This did not work well. The chocolate kindof mixed with the ...
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What are the pros and cons of using clarified butter as opposed to regular butter?

I am about to start making clarified butter and I want to know how removing the milk solids affects the end result when sauteing, making flavor bases and other things. I like the idea of cooking with ...
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Butter Alternatives for Baking Pastry

I'm dairy intolerant but I really love to bake. I've found success by substituting butter with either lard or coconut oil. The other night, I made a short pastry dough that called for 13 tablespoons ...
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How do I promade

I was following a recipe and it stated: In a mixing bowl add soft butter Make it promade. What does that mean?
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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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What is the shelf life of herbal ghee: at room temp, fridge, or freezer?

What is the shelf life of herbal ghee? At room temperature? In the refrigerator? In the freezer? (Does ghee even freeze well?)
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Is it safe to leave butter at room temperature?

Is it safe to leave butter at room temperature? If so, for how long is it safe to keep it out?
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How to evenly spread butter in each square of a waffle?

We made large Belgian-style waffles tonight and I found it incredibly difficult to evenly spread the butter in each square. In fact, it was so time consuming, by the time I was done, the waffle was ...
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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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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 up?...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between sour cream & butter in baked goods?

I'm a little unsure what the difference is between the two. I found a banana bread recipe that specifically called for the use of sour cream for the batter as opposed to butter; the same applied when ...
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Can Parkay Spray be used in place of melted butter for baking muffins?

Can Parkay Spray be used in place of melted butter for baking muffins to reduce calories?
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Difference in cookie texture if we use melted vs softened butter

I would like to know the difference in the final result if we use softened butter or melted butter in an ordinary cookie recipe. A few days ago i baked chocolate chips cookies i waited for the ...