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Cherry Pound Cake and a Cute Breakfast Picnic

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Happy Wednesday, friends! In a fun and tasty shoutout to these end-of-summer days, I’ve teamed up with Bonne Maman to give you the ins and outs of throwing the cutest little picnic this side of the Mississippi. If you’ve got some pals who will join in and a hankering to eat al fresco, then keep reading and whet your tastebuds for a super simple picnic and a cherry pound cake to go with it.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Location

Location for a picnic, particularly here in the South, is everything. Will people show up to your mid-day picnic if there is no shade or breeze to be found? Probably. But do you risk early departures and sweaty guests? Also a yes. Scope out a location that will be comfortable for your guests at the time of picnic and be sure to pack accordingly. For example, planning an early evening cocktail picnic? Bring bug spray or a citronella candle to ward off bugs. Going for a high-noon affair? Spring for some paper fans and pack a cooler of ice to keep beverages (and your guests!) cool. 

Food

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! I opted to throw a little breakfast picnic because I knew my crew would be awake early and eager to be outside before the heat of the day set in. Be sure to choose a theme and menu that suites the crowd you’re serving.

My number one rule of picnicking is to limit the menu to primarily semi-homemade and room temperature foods. There’s no reason to worry over the temperature of your tuna salad when your a platter of crudités would go over just as well, and you’ll save yourself tons of fuss if you opt to prepare only a select number of the menu items yourself. I like to pick up fresh fruits and bakery breads to supplement my picnic menus and limit my homemade items to one or two make-ahead treats. Cookies, bars, tea sandwiches, (or this cherry pound cake!) make great homemade options to serve your guests.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.Decor

As with any party, you’ll want to set the scene, but in the case of a picnic, I prefer to keep the details simple. Here, layered quilts and blankets in complementary patterns and colors are both functional and aesthetic. Woven bags serve dual purposes, first as food carriers and then as a flower vase for a few floral stems wrapped in wet paper towels and plastic wrap. Bread boards or galvanized metal trays used as serving platters match the provincial feel of a picnic and provide a sturdy place to rest glasses or bottled drinks. Beyond a few simple items, I prefer to let fruits and vegetables spruce up the picnic with their color and natural beauty. By combining a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, simple food can turn into beautiful, seasonal decor!

Guests and Activities

A picnic is a great way to welcome loads of friends into your social calendar. Pack a few extra blankets and encourage guests to BYOB or bring a finger food for sharing to keep the work load on any one person minimal. To transform your average picnic into a full-blown event, pack a few yard games and create a custom playlist to keep your guests engaged and having a ball. Even a few decks of cards or quick board games can help to keep the mood light and entertaining.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Cherry Pound Cake

Every picnic needs a show-stopping centerpiece and this cherry pound cake is just the thing. With a dense, buttery crumb and Bonne Maman INTENSE Cherry Fruit Spread swirled throughout, this cherry pound cake is a simple dessert that will serve and satisfy any crowd. To make it, we start by creaming together butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Eggs are added next along with plenty of vanilla extract. Finally, the dry ingredients are stirred in, alternating with room temperature sour cream that moistens this flavorful cake. As the thick batter is spooned into a prepared bundt pan, we swirl in the Bonne Maman INTENSE Fruit Spread. I chose to use cherry here, but any of their varieties would work splendidly. The cake bakes up thick and lightly sweetened and tastes wonderfully in slices served plain or with a bit of butter.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.Bonne Maman INTENSE Fruit Spreads contain simple ingredients and a homemade taste that work well with this cherry pound cake. With more fruit and 39% less sugar than their regular preserves, the spreads offer loads of that fresh fruit flavor that summertime picnics beg for. Plus, with time-honored recipes and real ingredients, Bonne Maman products are ones I feel good about baking into the foods that I serve to people that I love. This cherry pound cake showcases the fruit spread in an effortless yet beautiful way that really ups the ante at any gathering, especially a picnic.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Whether you plan to picnic or not in the coming weeks, I hope you’ll give this cherry pound cake a try. It’s a delicious one-bowl recipe, and I can’t imagine you all not adoring it. Many thanks to Bonne Maman for sponsoring this post, and thanks to you all for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. Give this cherry pound cake a try and let me know what you think! Happy Wednesday and Happy Baking!

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

If you like this cherry pound cake you should try:

Stone Fruit Skillet Cobbler

Cherry Chip Cake

Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake Loaf

Black Forest Ice Cream Cake

 

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Cherry Pound Cake and a Cute Breakfast Picnic

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

This cherry pound cake is a moist butter and vanilla cake swirled with cherry fruit spread!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (400 gm) sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 21/4 cups (350 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • ½ cup Bonne Maman INTENSE Fruit Spread (I used cherry)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease and flour a bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add about half of the flour and the baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir on low until almost combined and then add the sour cream. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then stir in the remaining flour, just until combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in any unincorporated bits. Spoon about 1//2 of the batter into the prepared pan and then spoon about ½ of the fruit spread on top. Repeat this process with the remaining batter and spread and use a knife to barely swirl the two together. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake has risen and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes in the pan and then invert the pan onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar if desired!

YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Make Whipped Cream

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com

There’s a few skills that every baker, professional and novice alike, needs to have in their repertoire. This is the second installment in the “You Need to Know” series where we explore basic baking techniques and tap into the know-how that is required to master them. In today’s edition, we are going to whip our way to the cloud-like heaven that is perfectly whipped cream, so if you need to know the ins and outs, keep reading!

 

What is it?

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com

Whipped cream is cream or heavy cream that has been whipped until the texture changes from a fatty liquid to a light and fluffy foam. As the cream is whipped, air bubbles are incorporated into the fat, resulting in an airy mixture that is approximately double the volume of the original liquid. A high amount of fat is required for the whipped cream to be stable, so heavy whipping cream or one that contains at least 30% fat is typically recommended for best outcomes. 

How do you make it?

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com

Whipped cream can be prepared in a number of ways and with very little equipment.You can use a chilled bowl and wire whisk, a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or even a a glass jar with a lid!  The key is to start with very cold cream, because the fat in the cream will melt at warmer temperatures, resulting in a lack of stability for the emulsification. I prefer to make my whipped cream with a hand mixer fitted with the beater attachments, because it’s a lot easier to monitor the progress of your whipped cream with a low-powered hand mixer as opposed to a high-powdered stand mixer. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand and feel comfortable working with.

Step One: Begin whipping!

Pour the cream into a mixing bowl and begin whipping at low speed. If you are using a stand mixer, I use the whisk attachment on speed 2 or 4. Beat the mixture steadily until you notice the cream beginning to froth and barely thicken.

Step Two: Add sweetener and flavoring!

Once your cream is frothy, it is stable enough to add sweeteners and flavoring. For a traditional sweetened whipped cream, a small portion of granulated or powdered sugar is typically used, however, you can use honey, brown sugar, or even agave nectar. The color and texture may differ slightly, but all can be used successfully. Vanilla extract, lemon zest, almond extract, or even cocoa powder can be added to your cream for flavor, but use in moderation, adding only until the desired flavor is achieved.

Step Three: Watch for peaks!

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com

After the add-ins have been included, continue whipping and increase the speed. The cream will transform from a bubbly liquid to a thickened mixture that barely retains a trace of the beater or whisk as it spins around the bowl. Man your post at the mixer because once the cream begins to thicken, you’re only a few moments away from perfect whipped cream. Keep whipping and watching, and you’ll soon notice soft and fluffy mounds forming on the top of the cream, finally increasing in volume to thick, smooth clouds that barely billow up onto themselves in the bowl.

Once your cream gets close to doubling in volume, turn off your mixer and pull the whisk from the bowl. The cream is adequately whipped once it holds its shape on the end of the whisk without wilting over or plopping off the end of the attachment. Be sure to not over-beat the cream- you may end up with butter!

What if I over-beat it?

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.comIf you continue beating your cream beyond the point of whipped cream, you’ll notice small lumps in your bowl, forming a grainy, thick mixture. Don’t fret- as long as you haven’t breached the fine line between whipped cream and butter, you can still rescue it! Add a few extra tablespoons of cream into your bowl and slowly whisk it into the mixture. If it’s not beyond repair, the mixture will smooth right back out and you’ll be back in the game. If you happened to take it too far, that’s okay too! You’re well on your way to making fresh, homemade butter, and we all know there’s plenty of room in the kitchen for that.

What do I use it for?

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com
Cream whipped to medium peaks, perfect to be used as a topping!
How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com
Cream whipped to firm/stiff peaks- perfect for folding into a no-churn ice cream or icebox pie!

Whipped cream is an excellent topping for cakes, pies, coffees, and sundaes, but is often incorporated into recipes in a number of other ways. You may fold whipped cream into trifles or cream pies, no-churn ice cream or icebox cakes. With nothing more than a bit of cream and a handful of fresh fruit, you are well on your way to preparing a simple dessert that takes little time and zero fuss. Homemade whipped cream is fantastic on its own and adds a sweet and creamy mouthfeel when incorporated into homemade desserts.

Is there anything else I need to know about whipped cream?

Yep, probably. If you want to get your nerd on, be sure to check out this article from Serious Eats. If you’re interested in more photos of the different phases of whipped cream, this post from King Arthur Flour is really helpful. And if you’re just wanting some inspiration on how to use whipped cream, be sure to check out this page of my blog that includes a number of recipes requiring a little fluff of cream. 

To all of my American friends, have a great Labor Day! Be sure to reference this post next time you need a little whipped cream in your life. And don’t forget to vote for the Saveur Blog Awards! The polls are open until Wednesday, the 6th of September, and you can find me in the “Best Baking and Sweets” category. Have a great week! 

 

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Homemade Sweetened Whipped Cream

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com

Learn how to make whipped cream, step by step with photos, in this quick and simple tutorial.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 mL) heavy whipping cream, very cold
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium-low speed until the mixture becomes frothy and foamy. Add the sugar. Increase the speed to high and whip until you notice traces of the mixer attachment in the cream. Continue whipping, watching carefully, until the mixture thickens into smooth pillowy clouds, nearly doubles in size, and barely holds its shape on the end of the whisk attachment. Use immediately. 

Notes

  • For vanilla whipped cream: add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For chocolate whipped cream: add 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • For honey whipped cream: add 3 tablespoons good honey in place of the sugar.
  • For lemon whipped cream: add 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest or more, according to your preferences. 

YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Brown Butter

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown butter. A sexy ingredient, if you ask me.

If you’ve been around the block a time or two, you’ve probably already become acquainted with brown butter. You know it by its nutty aroma and speckled amber hue. You’ve already been allured by the rich caramel flavors, seduced by the complexity it adds to sweet and savory dishes alike. But for the average home baker, brown butter is a mystery. What is it? Where can I find it? How do I make it?

If you fall into that second category, allow me to make the introduction. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the magical world of brown butter. 

 

WHAT IS IT?

Brown butter, or beurre noisette, is basically regular old butter that is gently melted and cooked until it browns which results in a change of flavor, aroma, and color. Butter is made up of water, fat, and protein. When it is cooked beyond the point of melting, the water will slowly evaporate leaving the butterfat and milk protein to continue cooking. As the proteins cook, they will begin to brown, which will be evident in the changes that you’ll notice in your pan. 

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

 

HOW DO YOU MAKE IT?

A fine question, dear friend. I’m glad you asked. To make brown butter, all you need is a quality stick of butter, a metal pan for your stovetop (I use this one), and a whisk or a spatula to gently stir with. I prefer to use a a light bottomed pan and a whisk, so whip those out if you have them. To help explain the browning process, I’ve taken some photos and notes. Let’s get started!

Step One: Melt the butter

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Place your butter in a pan over medium-low heat. I like to cube my butter into equal sized chunks, and I prefer a light-colored pan so that I can monitor the browning process easily. Use whatever you feel comfortable with. Allow the butter to melt, stirring occasionally, until the butter is entirely liquid. As the butter continues to heat, it will begin to sizzle and foam, which is a good indication that the water has begun to evaporate.

Step Two: Begin browning the butter

Once the water has completely evaporated, the protein in the butter can begin browning! This is when you need to stay glued to your pan. Once you notice that the butter isn’t sizzling as much, begin whisking it regularly to ensure that the proteins brown evenly. We don’t want to burn the butter on the bottom of the pan while the liquid skimming the top remains unaffected. So keep whisking and watching. You’ll notice little golden flecks beginning to form on the bottom of the pan which is a thumbs up that you’re getting super close. 

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Step Three: Brown that butter!

The butter will continue to darken and brown as it cooks. Man your post at the stove and keep that whisk moving to ensure that the milk proteins cook evenly and you don’t wind up with burnt bits of butter. You’ll notice the changing aromas as the butter continues to brown. Trust me when I tell you that it tastes as good as it smells. Keep stirring and agitating the butter until you reach your desired degree of darkness. Then, remove the pan from the stovetop and pour the butter, browned bits and all, into a separate bowl. Don’t leave it in the pan or the residual heat will continue to cook and brown your butter, likely resulting in a burnt finish.

The trickiest part of this process is knowing when to pull you pan from the heat. There are a few different degrees of brown butter. Some recipes may call for a lighter, less-browned butter, while others may encourage you to continuing cooking, even to the point of nearly burning it. So to help identify what you’re looking for, I’ve got you covered with a photo lineup of the different varieties of brown butter. 

First up is a super-light, golden brown butter. At this phase of the game, you’ll notice deep golden flecks forming at the bottom of the pan, but the overall hue is still pretty light. This degree of brown butter isn’t as rich in flavor, but may be just the ticket for a number of dishes. If a recipe you’re using calls for “lightly browned butter,” this is exactly what you’re looking for.

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Next up is the OG of brown butter- the gold standard. When in doubt, go for this degree of brown butter. Here, the color is darker, and the flavor is richer. This butter will give off a strong nutty, almost caramel scent and those same flavors will be present in the taste as well. This is the brown butter we fold into streusel crumbs, toss in our pasta sauces, and whisk into sugar for a delightfully decadent cake glaze.

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re willing to take the risk and allow your butter to brown in the pan just until the point of burning, you can score the darkest butter of all. Ultra-dark brown butter adds scads of flavor when chilled and creamed into cookies, cakes, and more. The extra color results in an extra oomph of flavor, so you’ll land terrific tasting treats every time.  

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

 

HOW CAN I USE IT?

I have a very specific rule of thumb about when it is most appropriate to use brown butter. Are you ready? Ok, here it is:

USE BROWN BUTTER ALL THE TIME BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST.

That’s it! Simple, right? Ok, I’m kind of kidding. When making things like pasta sauces, salad dressings, toppings for breads and sauces for proteins, brown butter is a perfectly acceptable substitution for regular butter and oil. However, when adding brown butter to baked goods like cookies, cakes, and pie crusts, there’s a few things to consider. Remember how we cooked all of the water out of the butter? Well, water is a really important part of baking! We need water to add moisture, to create steam in the oven, and to do a number of other nerdy food science stuff that I won’t bore your with here. So if we substitute brown butter for regular butter, we have to remember that our final outcome will likely be affected by of the lack of H2O. To compensate, sometimes you can add a bit less dry ingredient (like flour) or a wee bit of extra water or fat. But sometimes brown butter just isn’t a good sub and we just have to dry our tears and be okay with that. 

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

 

So, do you have any recipes using brown butter?

I thought you’d never ask. Of course! I use brown butter in a number of recipes, a couple of which are already on this site! You can check out my raspberry rhubarb crumb cake (with a brown butter crumb), carrot cake with brown butter glaze, or the ever-delightful hummingbird muffins (with a brown butter streusel) for some delicious and sweet recipe inspiration. I’ll also add the links to a few other personal faves below.

 Chewy, Gooey Golden Rice Krispie Treats

Brown Butter and Peanut Brittle Ice Cream

Brown Butter Pecan Pie

Is there anything else I need to know about brown butter?

Yes. There’s tons. But this isn’t that kind of blog. I’m giving you what I think you want to know as well as a few other science geek tidbits that I just couldn’t hold myself back from. If you have more questions about brown butter or using it in your favorite recipes, please share them with me below in the comments section! I would love to help in any way!

This is the first in what I hope will become a fun and helpful series for you all. Baking becomes so much easier and enjoyable when you understand some basics and have a few tips and techniques up your sleeve to help achieve success in the kitchen every time. So stick around for a few more things you need to know. I can’t wait to share more! Have a great weekend and cheers to you!

 

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How to Brown Butter

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a quick and simply tutorial on how to brown butter. Making brown butter has never been easier with this photographic how-to!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cut into equal-sized chunks.

Instructions

  1. Place butter chunks in a light-colored pan over medium-low heat. Allow the butter to melt completely, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  2. Once the butter has melted, you’ll notice it begin to sizzle and foam. Continue stirring occasionally. Once the crackling has subsided, you’ll notice small golden flecks forming on the bottom of the pan. Begin stirring constantly with a whisk or a spatula to agitate the butter and keep it cooking evenly. Continue cooking until the desired level of brownness is reached. Remove the butter from the pan to a separate bowl to discontinue the cooking process.