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Old 12-05-2007, 09:15 AM   #1
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Quick way to soften Hard Butter?

I had planned to get some cookie baking done this am while DH is out getting the car serviced. I forgot to soften the butter! Does anyone know a quick way to do this? Thanks for any help/suggestions.

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Old 12-05-2007, 09:18 AM   #2
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microwave for five seconds at a time until soft.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:31 AM   #3
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ditto the microwave. Don't know if you have it on yours or not but my microwave can have the power level adjusted is what I do. I set it for half power and then the butter just softens and you are less likely to end up accidentally melting it.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:46 AM   #4
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I leave it next the hob if cooking something on top of the stove.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:53 AM   #5
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Cutting it into smaller pieces will also speed things up, but I probably would not combine that with microwaving as that would probably result in liquid.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:53 AM   #6
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I just had this problem when I was making scones, only the butter was in the freezer! When I've tried microwaving to fix this, I usually end up with butter that's soft on the outside but still firm on the inside.

I googled and came up with this solution, which worked great: Cut the butter into very small pieces. As you expose more surface area, it softens easily. HTH.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:12 AM   #7
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