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How to: Brown Butter {a love story}

Check out my tutorial on how to brown butter in step-by-step photos! You’ll be a pro in no time and can use this in your favorite baked treats.

how to brown butter

When I fall in love, I’m head over heels. I’m the type of person who can’t get enough of a good thing.

And today I’m introducing you to the recent love of my life: brown butter.

I think it will be particularly helpful, as many of my cookie recipes use brown butter.

butter stick

What is brown butter?

Brown butter is a crazy good thing. No really crazy freaking good. Basically unsalted butter is melted in a saucepan which separates the butter and milk. The milk from the butter sinks to the bottom of the pan, which essentially browns and turns a caramel color. The french call is beurre noisette, which translates to hazelnut butter. I believe it’s called this because once the butter is brown, it gives off a nutty aroma. I love it from the bottom of my heart… obviously.

What do you need?

Unsalted butter, a medium saucepan, and a whisk.

butter cubes in a saucepan

So, how do you brown butter?

First slice your butter so that it will melt faster and more evenly and place it into a saucepan over medium heat. I use any saucepan available since I’m familiar with the process, but you might want to use a light colored saucepan so that you can easily see when the butter begins to turn color.

butter melting in a saucepan

Once your butter begins to melt, start swirling the pan or whisking to promote melting.

how to make brown butter on the stove

Next, begin whisking your butter. You’ll want to whisk it frequently and often!

Now is not the time to start watching a new episode of Dexter.

whisking butter in a saucepan

Pretty soon you’ll notice small bubbles.

Remember to continue to whisk!

browning butter in a saucepan

The bubbles will become bigger and the butter will begin to crackle and foam a bit.

Whisk, whisk, whisk! With care of course. Don’t get all crazy on yo’ butter.

browning butter in a saucepan

Finally the butter will foam again and the bubbles will become smaller. Are you still whisking? The answer should be yes!

This is when the magic happens. You should smell a nutty, delicious aroma! The milk solids at the bottom of the pan will begin to darken and turn a light caramel color. Once this happens, immediately turn off the heat and continue to whisk.

browning butter in a saucepan

See that gorgeous color? That’s the color I like my brown butter to be: a rich amber caramel color. However brown butter can be lighter if desired.

Once the butter is browned, it should be transferred into a bowl immediately to prevent burning and to allow to cool. You can use brown butter in all sorts of recipes, and it can be stored in the fridge to use later!

Now it’s your turn to fall in love.

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