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Hi Bold Bakers!
The recipe says ‘room temperature’ or ‘softened’ butter. Yikes! Depending on your recipe, butter straight from the fridge could prove a bit of a problem to bakers. How to bring Butter to Room Temperature in a hurry is the question? I have the answer! While we all love the idea of meditating over what to bake, assembling ingredients, putting on some music, and taking our sweet time, life doesn’t always allow for it. But that does not mean we should skip out on our favorite treats or resort to buying store-bought baked goods.
Having your butter at room temperature is essential for great results. You might think this is a small detail that can be overlooked. However, it really does make life a lot easier to bake with and to the overall texture of baked goods. Things like room temperature eggs and butter offer a much better texture to your dishes overall than cold eggs and butter does.
How do you Soften Butter to Room Temperature?
If you’re running short on time, you have 2 options!
1. Pop cold butter in the microwave for just SECONDS (careful, this can be risky)
2. Simply fill a large, deep bowl with warm water. Place your stick of cold butter in a slightly smaller bowl and submerge the bowl in the bowl of warm water. Wait just 5-10 minutes depending on how cold your butter was, and just like that your butter should be perfectly soft and room temperature. This means there’s no reason not to start baking those cookies at 10 p.m. because you’ll still be in bed by midnight.
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I’m so glad to share this trick with you, as I know it’s one you will all use at some point or another. Next time you want to bake a cake on the fly you will be ready to rock!
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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.