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How to Cream Butter - With and Without a Mixer

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Creaming butter is one of the crucial steps in creating a light, fluffy dessert. Learning how to cream butter is fun, easy and you can do it in the comfort of your own kitchen. And it’s up to you if you want to cream butter using a mixer or if you want to it by hand.

Creaming butter by hand

First you’ll need a slab of butter. Leave the butter in room temperature for about an hour or two till it softens. 

Unwrap the slab and cut the butter into small blocks. Place the butter pieces in a cold mixing bowl. Also add some sugar to the bowl. 

Creaming Butter - With a Hand Mixer

Bring out your hand mixer and attach beaters to it.

Set the mixer to the lowest speed and mix the butter and sugar till all the butter is even and no lumps remain. 

Now turn the mixer to medium and continue mixing for a minute or two. Don’t forget to scrape the beater with a rubber spatula.

Keep adding sugar, a small amount at a time, and beat the butter for another 10 minutes.

Blend the mixture till you get the desired fluffiness. You can check for ridges in the mixture: Ridges signify air pockets, which means you have successfully creamed the butter.

Creaming Butter - By Hand

After softening your butter slab and cutting it into small pieces, beat the butter with a wooden spoon, till it is no longer divided into cubes. 

Add sugar to the bowl of butter. Take a fork and use the bottom of the fork to gently mash the butter and the sugar.

After about two minutes of mashing, get back to the wooden spoon and stir the butter till it is light and fluffy. Occasionally use a rubber spatula to scrape the mixture from the sides of the mixing bowl.

By now the butter would have doubled in its mass. It’s color would have changed to a light yellow-white. This means the butter has creamed.

You can now use the creamed butter immediately, or store it in the fridge and save it for later.

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How To Cream Butter - With And Without A Mixer