We live in a world full of choices , it’s confusing to choose a simple thing like butter. The grocery store shelves are crowded with different brands and varieties, yet most recipe still just say “butter.” Choosing butter for baking can become a task.
The traditional salted butter or table butter is always at one’s home. It makes the dishes better. However, when choosing for baking the best is unsalted butter. Using unsalted butter gives you complete control over the overall flavor of your recipe. This is important when baking cakes or cookies, where the unadulterated sweet cream flavor of butter allows the natural sweetness of your ingredients to come out.
Some recipes call for using unsalted butter and then adding salt. This helps you to avoid clashing certain flavors, and you can get the right balance between savory and sweet by adding the exact amount of salt you want in the recipe later.
In the past, pound cakes got their name by putting a pound of butter, flour and sugar to make the cake. There are numerous variations of pound cakes today, but an all time favorites has a delicious buttery flavor. The butter is what gives this cake its amazing texture! The fat content in butter and eggs help keep this cake moist, but the touch of milk also helps this cake stay soft. It has just 6 tablespoons of milk which doesn’t seem like much but it’s necessary. If you would like to try a different variation, add buttermilk instead. Buttermilk always softens the crumb in cakes. This cake makes a great coffee cake or a simple evening dessert.
Flavoured butter for Cakes and Cookies
You can make an interesting mix of butters at your house. The butter has to be at room temperature, cream the butter make it lighter and using a wooden spoon or mixer. Think of your flavouring from honey to herbs, you can be creative. Blend the flavouring well with a wooden spoon to get best results. Make sure the butter stays at room temperature for at least an hour to allow the flavours to merge. Here are a few ideas:
Honey Cinnamon Butter: Addition of cinnamon and honey makes the perfect butter for bread and muffins.
Vanilla Butter: Vanilla butter is great for fresh baked goods, pancakes, French toast and waffles.
Butter with herbs: For a lovely addition for fish combine fresh tarragon, lemon zest or juice. You can add your own favourite combinations of fresh herbs.
Spicy Butter: For a Mexican twist combine lime juice or zest, coriander and pepper flakes. This is perfect on corn on the cob, but can also work well on seafood or even chicken.
Tangy Butter: Citrus butter can be made with lemon, oranges or limes. Simply add zest and juice and smooth.
Flavoured butter offers a deliciously simple way to make everything taste better. Just take out sometime to make the simple butter tastier with these ideas of flavoured butter. Unsalted butter is best for baking, and you can use them to create the simple yet delicious pound cakes.