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March 15, 2011 by Cindy Becky

Q I'm seeing more and more recipes calling for melting butter until brown. How do I know when it's brown enough and not too brown? Why brown butter first?

- Pam


In the Test Kitchens, we've known for years that browning butter adds a deliciously distinctive flavor to frostings and desserts, and we also love using it to flavor sauces for entrées, pasta or vegetables. Browning gives the butter a delightfully toasted, nutty flavor.

Knowing just when to pull the butter off the stove-top can be a little mysterious on your first try, so start simply with our recipe for Butter Cake with Browned Butter Frosting and watch the video demonstrating how to tell when the butter is perfectly browned. Then, try our recipes for Browned Butter Shortbread and Broccoli & Peppers in Browned Butter. You'll be amazed at how such an easy technique can produce such a wonderfully unique flavor!

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