The Best Way To Soften Butter

December 13, 2019

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Deep into the baking season, nothing can derail your holly and jolly than realizing that you did not take out butter to soften. If it’s not soft enough, the butter won’t cream well with the sugar that result in dense cake layers that fall flat. On the other hand, if your butter is too soft, your cookies will spread out all over your pan. There are many celebrated methods for softening butter, most of which are meant to speed up the process. But not all of them have desired results. Microwaves can liquidly your butter and the 90 minutes it generally takes for a stick to soften outside the refrigerator can be too long.  However pounding your butter with a rolling pin works out eh best, according to a recent test.  Place a stick of unwrapped butter between two pieces of plastic wrap, place it on a cool surface, and beat it with a rolling pin to flatten it. Flip the butter over (still in the plastic wrap) and whack it until its 1/2-inch thick. Uncover and fold the butter into halves or thirds, recover, and beat it again until it’s pliable. Then roll it while still in plastic wrap to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Let the butter rest for five minutes. Then peel away the plastic wrap and proceed. Not only does this method soften the butter to the perfect temperature (65°F or 66°F), it is easy to clean up.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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