How to Bake with Butter
Butter adds rich flavor and delicate texture to baked goods. Learn how to make the most of this baking staple in just a few easy steps.
How to Beat Butter
Most baked goods require that you beat butter into a bowl with an electric mixer -- a step that's difficult to do if the butter is cold and hard. You'll wind up with lumps of butter instead of smooth, whipped butter that easily incorporates with the other ingredients.
If you've forgotten to soften the butter on your counter for an hour or so before you need it, you can soften it in the microwave. Put butter in a microwave-safe dish and cook at 30 percent power (defrost) for 15 seconds. Check and repeat if necessary, being careful not to let it melt.