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How to Make Brown Butter

Butter takes on a wonderful nutty quality and beautiful golden-brown hue when cooked over low heat for a few minutes, creating what is known as brown butter. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Have an empty, clean bowl ready.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter slowly over medium-low heat.

  3. After the bubbles subside, stir frequently and you’ll notice little specks of brown in the butter.

  4. Once you see these specks throughout, pour the butter into the bowl to stop the cooking and allow to cool before using.

Be careful as it can burn easily but brown butter is wonderful as a substitute for melted butter in cookies, cakes, and pies and can also be used as the base for a savory sauce (for example, in a classic Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce, but that’s for another day). It adds a noticeable depth that will take the flavor of your dishes and baked goods to the next level.