Can I bake with European-style butter

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can I bake with European-style butter?” We will also discuss when to bake with European-style butter, its kinds as well as the pros and cons of baking with European-style butter.

Can I bake with European-style butter?

Yes, you can bake with European-style butter. This special type of elite high-quality butter has an intense flavour and is mainly made across Europe as its name implies. 

It is distinguished by its yellow colour and rich creamy, greasy soft texture that makes it melt easily. These features are due to its high butter fat content (82-86%) and milk solids but less water compared to other regular traditional butter (80%) even those with great flavour.

European-style butter is a perfect choice and an excellent option to upgrade the flavour and texture of your cakes, and cookies easily and affordably even though it is more expensive than regular butter available on the market.

However, despite its rich texture and incredible flavour, using European-style butter is not always the premium choice in all baking recipes since the high butterfat content will reduce the amount of steam released during the baking process. 

This fact will prevent your baked goods from rising properly and influence their texture making them more dense and greasy than required.

When could you bake with European-style butter? 

Despite the richness and unique features of the European-style butter, its price and texture do not make it a perfect option for all pastry-based. In some cases using this type of butter will be expensive and in others, it will affect or even ruin the texture of your baked goods making them break very quickly on their own by just touching them.

You are probably asking yourself now about the types of pastry and baked goods that can be baked with European-style butter, right?

Do not worry we got you covered since in this section we will clarify this point in detail and tell you when you can use this luxurious butter.

It is highly recommended to bake with European-style butter all the baking recipes that  mainly rely on the butter flavour and the desired result is a crispy yet delicate, and greasy texture such as: 

  • Pastries
  • caramel candies
  • laminated doughs
  •  pie dough
  • croissants 
  • Danishes

However, on the other side it is best not to bake with European-style butter the following pastry that only needs low butterfat butter:

  • muffins 
  • Cookies

What are the kinds of European-style butter?

There are several types and commercial brands of European-style butter available in the market which you can choose from based on your desire and taste preference. 

To help in this task we prepared a list of the most common and delicious popular brands that you can find in the supermarkets:

What are the pros of baking with European-style butter? 

Baking your goods with European-style butter than contains less water and high butter fat content will give you the following results:

  • a flaky and tender pastry 
  • less shrinkage of your pastry crust 
  • Evenly baked goods
  • a boost of the flavour and texture of your baked goods. 

What are the cons of baking with European-style butter? 

Even if the European-style butter has an incredibly unique greasy texture and a delicious flavour compared with the traditional regular butter it is not always a perfect choice as we have seen throughout this article based on the desired type and texture of the pastry baked.

The high butterfat content of the European-style butter will reduce the amount of steam released during the baking process altering the texture of some baked goods turning them greasy and denser

Besides, baking with European-style butter will cause the baked goods to become sort of melty so that they soften and break down more quickly once left outside for too long than those baked with regular low-fat butter.

Finally baking with such a type of butter will lead to a very soft dough that will spread more quickly on the baking sheet while the baked pastry will not only be very soft and easily breakable but also will brown faster than those baked with ordinary butter.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can I bake with European-style butter?” We have also discussed when to bake with European-style butter, its kinds as well as the pros and cons of baking with European-style butter.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/blog/2016/08/18/butter-baking

https://www.thekitchn.com/european-style-butter-22969039

https://www.mashed.com/444658/this-is-when-you-should-be-baking-with-expensive-butter/

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/ingredients-guide/pound-cake-european-butter-american-butter-amish-butter

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.