Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Room temperature

Life lesson learned: when a recipe, particularly a baking recipe, calls for butter or eggs or milk at room temperature, they're not lying. Have you ever tried to cream sugar into cold butter? It's destined for failure and gritty cookies. This may require an hour or two of forethought before you dive on in, but trust me, it's worth it.


chef_the_city said...

easy trick to make it quicker: cut the butter into pats and lay it out on parchment/sheet pan/plastic wrap. it only takes about 5-10 min to come to room temp and it is more even than microwaving... =)

Bradley said...

Thanks for the suggestion. Sometimes in my impatience I just can't wait for a whole stick to warm up.