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Noisette butter

Noisette butter

"Noisette" means hazelnut in French. Noisette butter is made by melting butter, then boiling and raising it to a high temperature until it takes on both a light brown hazelnut colour and also a characteristic nutty smell.

Compared with simple clarified butter, this noisette butter has a delicate yet distinctive flavour which is a welcome addition to both savoury and sweet recipes (particularly in cakes and pastries).

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Last modified on: March 10th 2019

For 100 g, you will need:

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How long does it take?

CookingStart to finish
15 min.15 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a sealed container.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Noisette butter : Photo of step #1 Cut 125 g butter into pieces, put into a saucepan on medium heat and melt.

Note: Cutting the butter into pieces for this stage, rather than starting with a large block, allows it to melt and raise its temperature more evenly.
Stage 2
Noisette butter : Photo of step #2 After a while, the butter will start to boil. This is because of the water it contains.
Stage 3
Noisette butter : Photo of step #3 Continue cooking. The boiling will be vigorous at first...
Stage 4
Noisette butter : Photo of step #4 ...then it will gradually calm down.
Stage 5
Noisette butter : Photo of step #5 Be careful, as the butter is now extremely hot, approaching 284°F (140°C).
Stage 6
10 min.
Noisette butter : Photo of step #6 At the end of the cooking process, the butter will have stopped bubbling, or almost, and will now be a light brown colour and give off a hazelnut smell.
Stage 7
Noisette butter : Photo of step #7 Take the pan off the heat and stand it immediately in cold water for 30 seconds to stop the cooking.

Note: It is very important to cool the butter like this, or it will continue to heat up, even off the hob, and will end up burning and turning black.
Stage 8
Noisette butter : Photo of step #8 So, now you have noisette butter. It is quite normal at this stage for there to be a bits in it from the cooking, which must now be removed.
Stage 9
Noisette butter : Photo of step #9 Filter the noisette butter through a fine strainer.
Stage 10
Noisette butter : Photo of step #10 Your noisette butter is now ready for use, or it can be kept easily in the fridge for several days.

Remarks

You can avoid cooling the pan in Step 7 by filtering the noisette butter immediately into another (cold) container.

You can also use slightly salted butter, but do be aware that the cooking to noisette stage will concentrate the initial saltiness.

You will have noticed how hot the butter gets towards the end of cooking — a bit like making caramel — so I advise you not to make it when there are young children in the kitchen.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 100 g : 0.88 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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