Want to elevate your recipes and take them up a few notches? Add Brown Butter! This one ingredient is sure to create a deep and rich nutty flavor, and will wow your guests at your next dinner party. Below you'll find a collection of dessert recipes that use brown butter! Save them to make for your next party, or simply to enjoy at home.
Brown butter has become a huge favorite of bakers, and you find it in both sweet and savory baked goods. Brown butter creates a deeper flavor to whatever you add it to, and it elevates your baking so much more.
What is Brown Butter?
Brown butter is regular butter that has been melted, then cooked until the milk solids become caramelized. Known as Beurre Noisette in France, it has been used in French cuisine for centuries, both savory and sweet. Beurre Noisette translates to "hazelnut butter" in French, because it imparts a nutty taste once the butter has been browned.
How to Make Brown Butter
- Melt butter in a medium sauce pan on medium heat. Stir the butter to make sure it melts evenly. Once the butter is completely melted, it will start to foam up. Continue stirring the butter. As it cooks, it will start to change into a deeper golden brown color. This could take 6-8 minutes.
- You’ll start to notice a nutty aroma and the butter will begin to have brown specs at the bottom of the pan.
- The entire process of browning butter from start to finish should not take more than 10 minutes on medium heat.
- Once butter is browned, pour it into a heat proof bowl and set it aside to cool for about 5 or 10 minutes.
30 Delicious Dessert Recipes with Brown Butter
Brown Butter Pro Tips
Don't burn the brown butter: Once the brown butter starts to pop, foam, and form specs at the bottom of the pan, remove it. Otherwise you could burn it and it will end up tasting bitter.
Use a Light Colored pan: It helps to use a light colored sauce pan when browning your butter because it helps prevent the butter from burning since you can see it change colors.
Cube the butter: It's not a must, but it helps the butter melt and brown evenly.
Stir: Make sure to stir! This helps the butter cook evenly.
The brown specks in the browned butter are the milk solids that create the deep and nutty flavor.
Brown butter instead of regular or melted butter creates a deep and nutty flavor that gives off notes of caramel.
Brown butter is regular butter that has been melted, and then cooked enough for the milk solids to 'toast' and become a golden brown color, which then gives off a nutty and caramel flavor.
Brown butter can be made with both salted and unsalted butter. Use whatever butter the recipe specifies.
Yes, if you overcook brown butter, it will end up becoming burnt butter and won't taste good at all. You want to remove it from the heat once it becomes a golden brown or amber color.