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beurre noisette

brown butter

Melting butter

Unsalted butter is melted slowly, just long enough to toast the milk solids, beyond the clarified butter stage, to create a nutty, fragrant ingredient the colour of hazelnuts; it’s used in financiers, madeleines, viennoiserie and other pastries.

It’s also used as a sauce on fish and poultry dishes.

Beurre noir (black butter) is created by cooking the butter longer, until it is darker and almost burnt, then mixing it with lemon juice/vinegar and parsley; it’s often served with raie (skate).

Beurre de noisette, however, is butter made out of hazelnuts.

Cheese and dairy

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Andrew Malone