Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Glaze

By • November 10, 2010 0 Comments

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Author Notes: I often find myself trying to whip up desserts on very little notice. Whether this is due to a lack of organizational skills, or just common sense, is still unclear to me. I came up with this recipe when trying to elevate a store-bought yellow cake mix into something spectacular, by making homemade frosting. 1/2 stick of butter in the fridge? 1/2 a box of powdered sugar? No problem. This icing pours right out of the bowl into a glossy, delicious covering for whatever just so-so baked good you need to transform. It tastes awesome with plain yellow cake, but would also be great with a banana bread or blondie.flourish food


Makes enough icing for a 9 inch cake

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 4 tablespoons milk (I used almond milk, regular will work too)
  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat for about 5 minutes, until browned (Butter will foam at first; wait until melted butter turns deep brown)
  2. Beat the 2 cups of powdered sugar with melted butter with an electric mixer (mixture will be thick)
  3. Beat in the salt, vanilla, and milk until smooth and creamy. Pour over desired item and spread quickly.

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