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Brown Butter

Autumn 2017
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food and drink

BY: Lucy Waverman

Brown butter is butter that is slowly melted until the milk solids turn a nut-brown colour. It tastes nutty and is perfect with fish, eggs and in making sauces such as brown-butter hollandaise. Use it in cakes for a nutty flavour—and brown-butter cookies (think shortbread) are incredible. Brown butter keeps for three weeks in the refrigerator.

1. Heat 8 oz (250 g) unsalted butter on medium-low heat in a small skillet. When the water evaporates, the butter will start to bubble and you must watch carefully as it turns a nut-brown colour to make sure you don’t burn it. Swirl the pan or stir with a spatula. It takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. The milk solids sink to the bottom and brown, the butter itself stays the same colour. It will have a nutty aroma. Pour into a bowl to cool if not using immediately, stirring occasionally. If you leave it in the pan it may continue to brown.

ADDITIONS TO BROWN BUTTER
1 to 2 tbsp (15 to 30 mL) of each addition
➤ lemon juice or mild vinegar for extra flavour
➤ chopped shallots
➤ chopped parsley
➤ capers

Makes ½ cup (125 mL) brown butter

F201705038.jpg
food and drink

Brown Butter

Autumn 2017

BY: Lucy Waverman

Brown butter is butter that is slowly melted until the milk solids turn a nut-brown colour. It tastes nutty and is perfect with fish, eggs and in making sauces such as brown-butter hollandaise. Use it in cakes for a nutty flavour—and brown-butter cookies (think shortbread) are incredible. Brown butter keeps for three weeks in the refrigerator.

1. Heat 8 oz (250 g) unsalted butter on medium-low heat in a small skillet. When the water evaporates, the butter will start to bubble and you must watch carefully as it turns a nut-brown colour to make sure you don’t burn it. Swirl the pan or stir with a spatula. It takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. The milk solids sink to the bottom and brown, the butter itself stays the same colour. It will have a nutty aroma. Pour into a bowl to cool if not using immediately, stirring occasionally. If you leave it in the pan it may continue to brown.

ADDITIONS TO BROWN BUTTER
1 to 2 tbsp (15 to 30 mL) of each addition
➤ lemon juice or mild vinegar for extra flavour
➤ chopped shallots
➤ chopped parsley
➤ capers

Makes ½ cup (125 mL) brown butter

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