Brown Butter

How to add a "nutty" flavor to recipes, sauces, and icings.

Brown Butter (Buerre Noisette) is a type of clarified butter cooked over low heat until it turns a beautiful amber brown color. Browning butter gives foods a "nutty" flavor which can be used in cakes, cookies, sauces, and icings.

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    Place butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and slowly melt it over low heat.

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    Continue to cook the butter until it’s melted, browned, and fragrant—usually about 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning.

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    Brown butter turns a deep amber color and has a “nutty” aroma.

Here are a couple delicious recipes that call for browned butter:

Challenge Butter Recipe - Braised Fingerling Potatoes in Browned Butter

Braised Fingerling Potatoes in Browned Butter

Simmer these petite fingerling potatoes until perfectly tender, then coat them with a delicious mixture of browned butter and fresh lemon juice.

Challenge Butter Recipe - Tortellini with Brown Butter and Sage

Tortellini with Brown Butter and Sage

One of our favorite vegetarian dishes, this brown butter pasta meal can be thrown together in about 15 minutes.