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If a recipe calls for butter, with no specifics, in baking or cooking- what kind of butter should be used?

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Question by Jess: If a recipe calls for butter, with no specifics, in baking or cooking- what kind of butter should be used?
sweet cream butter- salted?
sweet cream butter- unsalted?
butter-salted?
butter- unsalted?

what are you supposed to use?

I want to make a pumpkin pie…. but all the recipe says is “butter”

Best answer:

Answer by Melisa
for this particular pie I’d go for the sweet cream unsalted

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14 thoughts on “If a recipe calls for butter, with no specifics, in baking or cooking- what kind of butter should be used?

  1. For dessert recipes, always use unsalted butter. And if you only have salted butter, then you’ll need to adjust the salt that the recipe calls for. For example, if the recipe calls for 1/2 tsp of salt in addition to the other ingredients, and you use salted butter, I’d leave out the salt.

  2. It’s always better to use unsalted butter in cooking. Not only can you control the amount of salt you’re using better, unsalted butter is supposed to be fresher since salt is a preservative.

  3. I just go with whatever I have in the fridge. I ussually stock up on sweet cream, salted and unsalted. I find that it doesn’t make much of a difference.

  4. sweet cream butter? i’ve never seen that…
    just use regular unsalted butter, im convinced that you shouldn’t use margarine because a) its bad for you (all the trans fats) and b) it gives you a different texture

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