Brown Butter Icing with Fresh Vanilla
This icing is that amazing rich brown icing that Mrs. Leftwich always put on her cake at the church potluck that you could never replicate. It is thick and delicious and sugary and yummy and so full of flavor your eyes roll instinctively when you try it for the first time. Hands down, this is my favorite icing.
BROWN BUTTER ICING
1 stick of butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean
1-2 T milk
First things first, you have to brown the butter. Simply throw a stick of butter in a saucepan on medium heat and keep stirring until the butter turns a light nutty brown color. You can let it go until it is almost a hazelnut brown color, but I pull mine out when it is lightly brown. It will be a little foamy and quite hot.
As soon as the butter has reached a light nut brown color, keep stirring and remove the butter from the heat. Pour into a bowl and add 1 cup of Powdered Sugar (NOT regular sugar). KEEP STIRRING. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of milk to loosen up the icing, but no more than 2 T.
The piece de resistance?? Vanilla. Scrape the inside of one vanilla bean into your mix and stir, stir, stir. The icing will be good with pure vanilla extract or almond extract, but it is KILLER with the real deal vanilla scraped from a honest to goodness vanilla bean. They are expensive, but one taste of this icing and you will understand. I buy mine online and they cost a little under a dollar each (see link below).
Now you've got the icing...all you need is the CAKE!
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