How To Make The Perfect Brown Butter
Butter is about 80% fat and 20% milk solids and water, when you cook butter over heat for several minutes, some of the moisture evaporates and the sugars in the milk solids begin to caramelize.
The milk solids undergo the mallard reaction and turn brown.
The method to achieve this, is by melting the butter over medium heat and cooking it to the point where the color of the butter is golden brown with a nutty aroma, paying attention not to over-cook the butter and burn it, it is recommended to use a light colored pan for this purpose.
Brown butter can be used in jut any recipe that calls for regular butter, but the taste is significantly enhanced and enriched by the use of brown butter.
It may take some trials to master the technique of browning butter, but the results are worth the effort.
1-Cut butter into cubes then start the cooking process on medium heat in a light colored pan for best results so you can notice the change in color.
2- At first when the butter cubes completely melt, it will begin to foam and you will notice the forming of bubbles and hear the sizzle as the water evaporate.
3- when all the water evaporate, the browning process begins.
4- The milk solids start to brown gradually, and the butter is tinted with light orange color, after some time (about 5 minutes), the orange hue becomes darker and the aroma starts to get nutty and very pleasant, in fact, every one in the house will be wondering about this irresistible smell !!
5- Continue cooking the butter until the milk solids turn into dark brown, and the color of the butter is golden brown. It could be a bit tricky to know when to stop cooking and avoid the burning of the brown butter, but practice will get you there.
6- Transfer the brown butter to a clean bowl without the milk solids, you can use a finr mesh strainer or a cheesecloth to achieve that, then again, some people like slightly burnt taste these solids give to the butter! Try it both ways to see what you like.
7- Use immediately or store in the fridge for later use, you can also freeze it in ice cube trays.