Little Chef Baking Tips – Butter

Room Temperature Butter  

Most of Butter + Whisk Little Chef Baking Kit recipes call for ‘room temperature butter, why you ask? Because cold ingredients do not blend together well and it results in clumpy frosting, dense cake, and oily muffins.

In other words, recipe fails.

As a matter of fact, after clean hand (of course), its my #1 baking rule in kids baking camps. If a recipe calls for room temperature butter, use room temperature butter. It’s super important.

What is room temperature butter? 
It should still be cool to the touch, but when pressed using a little pressure, your finger will leave an indentation. Ideally, butter should be left on the counter for about 1 hour or so at room temperature.

What if I forgot to leave my butter out?
Your little chef is ready to put on an apron and get baking, but uh oh you forgot to leave your butter out. Its ok! Here’s a couple ways you can do to speed up the process.

Hot glass over cold butter – Heat a glass of water in the microwave, toss out the water and cover the butter with the warm glass. The heat and steam from the glass will gently warm the butter to perfection.
Cut the stick of butter into smaller pieces – This will help it reach room temperature faster — especially if you place it near a preheating oven.

And Always Remember

If a recipe calls for room temperature butter, make sure all other ingredients are room temperature as well. This includes eggs, heavy whipping cream and milk (we will talk more about this later). When cold ingredients touch creamed butter, the butter will cool down and harden again. And, as you read above, this can result in a recipe fail.

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  1. […] When butter is at room temperature, you should be able to press your finger into it and make an indent easily. Firm, but not cold. Lightly softened without being greasy or melty. We talked more about room temperature butter here. […]

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