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13 January 2012

Brown Butter Icing with Fresh Vanilla

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Yesterday I told you that when it comes to experimenting, I am a pro. A pro at experimenting, not necessarily at cooking. You see, for every recipe I share with you here that WORKED, there are 2 sitting on the kitchen counters that FAILED. I am not a chef. I am a foodie though and I'm so glad you join me on my food experiments :) NOW...all that said. THIS ICING CANNOT BE MESSED WITH. It is too good...too yummy...too perfect.

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.


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!

If you would like to buy vanilla beans, I recommend this store!  It is where I buy mine!
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Nessa Bixler Friday, January 13, 2012  

Oh man... I have to have this... you think it would be ok on toast? I might have to try it.

Simply Tia Friday, January 13, 2012  

I'm sooo saving this recipe and trying very soon. You've convinced me that it's totally awesome!!! Yum. That cake looks moist and flavorful too.

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse Saturday, January 14, 2012  

Oh gosh, that looks delicious. I want some right now. Kitchen time!

Amy Renea Tuesday, January 17, 2012  

It is heavenly bad for you and wonderfully yummy ;) Please don't sue me when your pants size go up!! :)

Beth Tuesday, December 11, 2012  

OH man. Now this was definitely not taught in my Wilton cake decorating class. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Amy Renea Wednesday, December 12, 2012  

Quite literally...BEST. ICING. EVER. Beth -- regardless of anything anybody else says ever. ever. LOVE this stuff :)

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