The Reason You Should Brown Your Butter When Baking Brownies
If you’ve never tried brown butter before, you’re probably wondering what’s the deal with adding it to your brownies. Why bother to brown your butter when you can just add the butter as is and save time? Granted, there’s no harm in adding plain butter to your brownies, but as RealSimple explains, you’d be missing out on a lot of extra flavor.
By adding brown butter, RealSimple elaborates, you add a rich, toasty flavor to your brownies that pairs perfectly with the gooey, gooey chocolate of the final bake. SeriousEats even gives a recipe for “Brown Butter Blondies”, in which the “caramel” flavor of the brown butter complements the vanilla and brown sugar flavor profile of the blondie.
There’s a little catch to making brown butter: you have to make it first. If you’re not careful, or if it’s your first time making brown butter, you can easily burn the fat in the milk and give the butter a bitter, unpleasant taste. However, there is no need to worry. Since brown butter is usually easy to make, you just need a little practice before you get used to it. As explained by Sally’s Baking Addiction, simply melt the butter in a pan and stir it as it browns, being careful that the solids at the bottom of the pan don’t burn. It may take up to eight minutes, but the flavor that develops is worth every second.
Ultimately, that’s just one of the reasons you need to start using brown butter in brownies and beyond.