Works For Me Wednesday – Softening Butter
This week’s Works for Me Wednesday tip is a simple little tip that has revolutionized my baking. Now maybe everybody else already knows this, but up until a few years ago I had no idea how easy this was – and I can’t be the only one right?
How many times have you decided to bake cookies, checked for ingredients, gotten all excited about the delicious outcome, and then changed your mind because the butter was hard as a rock in the refrigerator? When you want cookies now, who has 2 hours to wait while the butter sits on the counter coming to room temperature? This has happened to me more times than I can count. And of course when I would try to microwave it, inevitably I left it just a little too long and ended up with a bowl of liquid butter. And liquid butter is most likely not what you want. (Unless you’re making these – yum! Oh, or these! But most of the time, liquid butter is not conducive to good cookies.)
Well, I’ve learned the secret – the secret to perfectly soft butter in the microwave that is. Are you ready? 30% power! It sounds so simple doesn’t it? I just put my butter in the microwave for 7 seconds at 30% power and test it. If it’s not quite soft enough yet, I flip it over, and do it for a few seconds more, still at 30% power. The exact time will vary depending on your microwave, how cold your butter is to start, and how many sticks you are softening. But perfectly softened butter in just seconds is worth a little trial and error don’t you think? Try it and let me know how it works for you! Or are you already doing this and am I the last to know? Please tell me – it’s best to be aware of these things.
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