Quickly Soften Butter So You Can Start Baking: {How-To}

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You decide to squeeze in some baking when you realize: uh-oh, the butter is rock hard. Time is short and you don’t have enough of it to wait for it to come down to room temperature so you can work with it.

BowlHere are a few easy ways to fix the problem fast and get back to baking:

  • Grate it into a bowl, it will come down to room temperature sooner than being left in block form. Good technique for a block that has been frozen.
  • Cut a square off in the amount that you need then microwave it in a bowl for a few seconds at a time. You’ll need to watch carefully, it will melt fast at a certain point.
  • Cut into small squares then place in a glass bowl. Fit the glass bowl into a pan filled with warm (not hot) water. The warm water will heat the glass bowl enough to quicken the process.
  • Arrange the amount you need on a small plate. Take a glass bowl that will fit over the plate and fill it with boiling hot water. Let the water sit for a couple minutes to heat the bowl. Dump the water and fit the heated bowl over the plate. After a few minutes you should be ready to go.
  • Beat or cream with a mixer.
  • Make thinner strips that will soften up quickly by using a butter curler that you first heat under hot water.

Don’t let hard brown sugar hold you back either, see this page for tips.

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Published: October 29, 2009

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4 Comments to “Quickly Soften Butter So You Can Start Baking: {How-To}”
  1. Amanda says:

    Love the butter curl idea, never thought of doing that. To soften a stick of butter, I toss it in the microwave for about 15 seconds on 50% power. The lower power keeps it from melting the outside and allows the inside to soften as well.

  2. tram says:

    I’ve ever put such hard butter block in a closed nylon bag, then dip it into a bowl of warm water, it worked out.

  3. Judy Martin says:

    Microwave – I use power setting 2 (20%) in my 1000 watt oven for 4 seconds to soften the bottom of the butter in my butter dish enough to spread easily on bread.

  4. Russell says:

    Because I usually use butter for baking, I put the butter into a ceramic/glass mixing bowl, put it on top of the stove, and then preheat the oven. It softens quickly.


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