Yummy Browned Butter
I LOVE browned butter. It adds so much flavor. Here is one of my favorite recipes using it:
What does everyone out there do with browned butter?
another vote for using it blondies - in fact, i just suggested it in another thread within the past couple of days. it also adds a delicious, can't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it element to brownies.
do you ever make granola or granola bars? they're crazy good with browned butter. as are chocolate chip cookies. and browned butter frosting & icing are pretty terrific too (try it on pumpkin or carrot cake).
on the savory end, drizzle it on asparagus, roasted root vegetables or pasta (squash ravioli with browned butter & sage is divine). or mix with a bit of lemon juice or balsamic, add some fresh herbs, and you've got a lovely light sauce for chicken, fish (trout & scallops are two of my faves) or vegetables.
you can also use it to make a wonderfully nutty compound butter or "spread." brown half a stick of butter, let cool for a few minutes at room temp, then chill completely in the refrigerator. once chilled, blend thoroughly with the remaining half-stick (use the FP or stick blender), and season to taste with salt if desired.
America's Test Kitchen's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Brown 10 TB unsalted butter, melt in an additional 4 TB butter after removing from heat.
2 other keys to getting multiple raves for "Best chocolate chip cookies EVER!" :
Toast chopped nuts (I use pecans and walnuts).
Use high quality chocolate chips- Guittard, .Callebaut, Ghiridelli
I'd link or print the complete recipe but I'm afraid the very nice Mr. Christopher Kimball would sue me for every penny I'm worth and more.
I have lots of uses for browned butter but one of my favorites is my grandmother's simple, peasant food way...
Browned butter with wide egg noodles and farmers cheese (or 'pot style' cottage cheese) and a dash of salt. Sometimes with cabbage added, more often without.
If I'm making a bread that requires a fat as one of the ingredients, I'll often use browned butter for that as well...it brings a nice richness to the bread.
i make sooo many cookies starting with browned butter (solids and all).
also great in:
-streusel cakes (in the cake and streusel - for the cake, i brown then chill to resolidify then soften slightly)
-for searing scallops
-in pancakes, waffles