Tip of the Week: How to Soften Butter
Many baking recipes call for softened butter, which requires letting the butter stand at room temperature for about 40 minutes to an hour. But there are instances when we're not able to prepare this ahead of time or are simply in a hurry to bake. Here are a few tricks to quickly soften butter:
1 Cut butter up into small cubes and let the chunks of butter sit for about 15 minutes.
2 You can also place the butter between two sheets of waxed or greaseproof paper, then flatten the butter into a 1/4-inch-thick layer with a rolling pin or meat mallet. Let this sit for about five minutes to allow it to come to room temperature.
Photography by Patrick Martires; original text and styling by Rachelle Santos