- All the ingredients: Butter, sugar, milk etc
- Baking essentials: Pans, waxed paper, rolling pin etc.
- Flavors or extracts
Usually, this is how everyone does their preparations before baking any dessert or other baked good. If you notice, I have written butter in the first place, which is required by almost every recipe. And also, maximum recipes call for softened butter as it mixes well with the remaining ingredients. Well, traditionally you can keep the butter at room temperature until softened. But if you have a habit of forgetting things, learn these amazing ways to quickly soften your butter, which can even become a great skill to add to your repertoire.
Here’s How to Quickly Soften Butter
If you are really in hurry and don’t wish to go for the traditional methods, these are some ways how you can soften the butter without melting it.
Chopping the Butter
- Well, the best way to soften the butter is to take it out from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you want to add it in the batter and let it rest at room temperature. But somehow, if you forget to do so, you can cut the butter into chunks to speed up the softening process.
- Some recipes call for a certain amount of butter. First, measure out the right quantity of butter so you can put rest of the butter back into the refrigerator. For precise measurement, go for kitchen scales.
- A sharp knife can become your best friend in cutting the butter into small 1” chunks. Due to the increased surface area, you butter will soften faster. Let it rest at room temperature till it yields to light pressure.
Rolling the Butter
- You will need two sheets of waxed paper to keep the butter in between. In case of no waxed paper, aluminum foil will also work.
- Now, you need a rolling pin and a stable surface. There you want to press down hard on your butter and make sure that it yields under the pressure.
- You roll over the same way and with same technique you would have used while rolling out cookie dough or pie crust.
- Remember you have to roll out the butter to a thickness between 1/8” to 1/4”. After that, you have to peel the butter off of the paper so that might not become too much soft.
Pounding the Butter
- First, measure out the amount of butter your recipe calls for. Take help from the kitchen scales. Keep the remaining butter back in the refrigerator.
- For the next step, you’ll need a zip-lock bag in which you can keep the butter. Remember there’s no need to close the bag.
- Again use a rolling pin to pound the butter. You need to hit your butter a few times so that it can soften up nicely. Such a great stress-buster as well, right?
Heating the Butter
- To start with, you need to add a couple of inches of water in a saucepan and heat it. The water should only be hot enough to make steam and not boiling.
- Then you need to settle a glass or metal bowl over it. This will create a feeling of a double boiler. Just one thing you need to take care of that the bowl should not touch the hot water.
- Keep the butter in the bowl. Add the amount your recipe calls for and place it in the bowl which you kept over the saucepan.
- Leave the butter in the bowl for about a few minutes. The steam created will itself warm the bowl and soften your butter. But then also you need to keep a close watch on it because you don’t want your butter to melt.
Grating the Butter
- For this, get a box grater and a clean bowl as well. You need to use one of the sides of the grater with bigger holes to carry-on the process.
- Get the right amount of butter your recipe called for. You can either take help from the markings on the packaging or kitchen scales.
- You can even grate your butter directly into the bowl. It would be better if you don’t remove the packaging. That way you can prevent your hands from getting butter all over it. This method is really great for use in shortbread and crumbles.
Microwaving the Butter
- Again, you need to get the correct amount of butter your recipe calls for. You can use a kitchen scale for the same and keep the rest of the butter back in the fridge.
- Now, take a microwavable dish and keep the butter on it. You can even leave the butter with its wrapper but the condition is, it should be made of paper.
- Adjust the setting on defrost option and microwave it for just 5 seconds. Otherwise, you can even microwave on soft/melt feature.
- Just see to it that your butter doesn’t start to melt as it would be very soft for some recipes that call for softened butter. Keep an eye on the consistency of the butter and repeat, if needed.
Tip to remember
If anyhow the butter you are softening melts, keep it aside for some other purpose. The reason being, melted butter reacts differently with many recipes and can give your baked goods a different consistency.