I always seem forget to take my butter out of the refrigerator before a baking project that calls for softened butter. I’m forever in a hurry which means having zero patience while my butter comes up to temp. This is a handy little trick for getting around that problem. It really works reasonably well… better than zapping butter in the microwave and possibly over-melting it or trying to beat it into submission in its too-chilled state.
- Put some very hot water in a ceramic or glass bowl and let it sit for 30 seconds or so to heat the bowl. [A good excuse to heat water for a cup of tea too]
- Dump out the water and place the bowl upside down over your stick of cold butter. You can also cut your butter into pieces before putting it under the bowl which will speed up the softening.
- Let your butter soften under the warm bowl while you are getting the rest of your ingredients ready for your project. It usually only takes a few minutes to soften the butter to a workable consistency.