Most often the term "creaming" refers to the mixing together of shortenings with sugar. This creaming process is usually done by stirring with a wooden spoon or using an electric mixer. This is frequently done as the initial step in baking. Some recipes require butter to be mixed with milk before the rest of the ingredients are added. The method of mixing these two ingredients together is very similar to the creaming process used when mixing butter with sugar.
Things You'll Need
- Large mixing bowl
- Sharp knife
- Measuring cup
- Long-handled wooden spoon
- Electric mixer (optional)
Remove the butter from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature. Cut the butter into 1-inch cubes. Arrange the cubes at the bottom of the mixing bowl. Allow the butter to sit at room temperature for at least 30 more minutes to soften it further.
Use the back of the wooded spoon to press the cubes of butter against the sides of the bowl to flatten them. Remove the milk from the fridge and pour the amount needed into a measuring cup. Slowly add the milk to the butter stirring gently as the milk is added.
Stir more vigorously as the milk and butter become more blended. If using an electric mixer, start at the lowest speed and slowly increase the speed as the butter and milk become more blended, but do not use the highest speed available.
Scape down the sides of the bowl periodically while stirring in order to remove all traces of butter that might have become stuck. Keep mixing thoroughly until the butter and milk is completely blended. This might take 5 to 10 minutes if mixing by hand. When completely creamed, the while milk will no longer be visible and the creamed mixture will be ready for the remainder of the ingredients in the recipe.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are short on time, soften the butter in the microwave, by leaving it for 10 to 15 minutes at half power.
- Do not use the mixer on high speed. Milk will splash out of the bowl.
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