Hey y'all, a local baker says that she uses white butter (and doesn't use shortening) because it will not melt in hot weather. Why would white butter not respond in the same way as any other butter when exposed to the heat? What is this white butter and is it any different than regular butter...I'm confused?!
I have never used it, but I think it is a quick butter made from a treated cream (I will be darned if I can think of the name...) that is more stable than regular butter. Has more fat and less liquid I think.
I bet it could be found by googling though!
Gotta holler at you too! I lived in Mt. Juliet for 9 years!
white butter is unsalted butter. It has more fat and less water than salted butter(hence more expansive than the latter) and because it has less water it holds up better.
Cites, please, Monkess?
I wonder if she is talking about Plugra. It is an imported butter, very white with a low moisture content. It is very expensive. Try igourmet.com.
We used it to make puff pastry.
Plugra is not imported... it is made right here in the good of US of A... but it is a (supposed) European STYLE butter and is more expensive because it's 82% butterfat (vs the normal 80% of regular butter) which is responsible for t lower moisture content.
I looked it up (gotta love Google!) and you can order it from several places and even make your own if you get the proper manufacturing cream to do it with.
I have never used it and now totally want to for pastry (as jolmk mentioned).
I have never heard of any butter that won't melt in hot weather. Hello.. even if it was 100% butterfat... its still butterfat! If it didn't melt in the 98* room, then it won't melt in your 96* mouth (or your intestines. think about it.) and won't have a lot of what we love about butter. I'll bet its her fancy word for crisco.
I have read about bakers using white butter in cream cheese icing. I do not remember where the article was from, but it said that you could usually buy it at gourmet shops or health food stores.
Y'all, thanks so much for the responses! I think I just need to go back and just ask her flat out what she means...I'll let you know!