Recipe: Browned Butter

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It possessed the rich nuttiness of dark caramel, without the sweetness. It tasted roasted and full of warmth – cool on the tongue, like regular butter, but with a full flavor that had hints of walnuts, burnt sugar, and toasted bread. It was utterly delicious. We had to stop ourselves from eating it with a spoon.

Turns out this is really a simple thing: cook down a stick of butter until it’s brown. Combine with another stick of butter, salt to your taste, and whip. Put on everything.

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Browned Butter
about 3/4 cup

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

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• Cut both sticks into small cubes. Set one stick aside in a heatproof bowl.

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• Melt one stick in a cast iron or heavy skillet.

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• Let it melt over medium heat and cook until the bubbling foam subsides and brown flecks appear on the top. The butter will look rather unappetizing – foamy and scummy on top. (Don’t be fooled – it’s delicious.) When the butter has turned dark brown, take off the heat.

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• Let cool for a few minutes, then pour over the other stick of butter. Refrigerate immediately.

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• When cool, add salt and whip in a food processor or with a mixer until creamy and smooth.

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