I’ve been bitten by a TikTok food trend… and if you haven’t already, you must try this one. I first saw this via TikTok users @thomas_straker and @margie_nomura ; Thomas’ video from last April showed him making it with lemon zest and some sea salt. Margie shares that she made hers in her restaurant days and customers would go wild for it.
It seemed simple enough – I’ve whipped brown butter for my brown butter chocolate chip cookies many times – but I’ve never actually eaten it plain & before it was baked into something (it does taste amazing in the dough though!).
I discovered that as it is – whipped brown butter by itself without any additions is… good, you get that nuttiness that only brown butter imparts. But personally, I could also just taste too much err, butter, alongside it which I didn’t love. So I decided if this was going on bread, it needed some flavorings to make it more oh my god.
Instead of a simple browning and whipping, I’ll ask you to do what I have you do in this vanilla bean brown butter cake and this brown butter chocolate pie and toss a vanilla bean in the butter as it browns. Then, we’re going to enhance the flavor even more with a bit of sea salt and some lovely brown sugar.
Guys, oh my god, this is so good! And so easy! Give it a go, yeah?
Note #1: most of the recipes I’ve seen have you place the butter over a bowl of ice and whipping by hand. I set mine in the freezer instead and use a hand mixer. You could also use a whisk, it’ll just take longer.
Note #2: It’s okay if you over whip the butter slightly – you’ll know this because it will get thick, have lots of bubbles, and be difficult to spread. Some heavy cream will help it come back together.
Note #3: This is very customizable depending on your taste. You’ll want to sample it as you whip – do you want more salt? Add ¼ tsp at a time. More vanilla? Add ½ tsp at a time.
Note #4: You might notice a difference in color between some of the whipped butters pictured, the one with a yellower tint was made with european style butter (higher butterfat percentage).
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