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How To Make Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

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This was my first time making any kind of buttercream frosting, and it was ridiculously easy. And it was Oh My God good. We’re thinking of making another batch and just eating it as a dip with fresh fruit. Super simple and super yummy.

Ingredients

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5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1½ cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt (if you use unsalted butter)

Directions

Stir the milk and flour together and mix over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until it thickens. It changes suddenly, so don’t walk away from it.

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Set the milk aside to cool, and combine the sugar, butter and vanilla in a mixer.

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Beat on medium speed for 5-10 minutes — colder butter will take longer — until the sugar is dissolved and you don’t taste the graininess of it any more.

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Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture and stir until smooth.

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The finished texture is surprisingly light and fluffy, considering what went into it.

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I’ll be back soon with the banana cake this went on.

Yes that’s right, not banana bread: banana cake.

Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt (if you use unsalted butter)

Instructions

Stir the milk and flour together and mix over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until it thickens.

Set the milk aside to cool, and combine the sugar, butter and vanilla in a mixer. Beat on medium speed for 5-10 minutes -- colder butter will take longer -- until the sugar is dissolved and you don't taste the graininess of it any more.

Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture and stir until smooth.

Want more like this? For more recipes like this, that you can hold right in your hands, and write on, take notes, tear pages out if you want (Gosh, you're tough on books, aren't you?) you might be interested in How To Cook Like Your Grandmother, 2nd edition, Illustrated. Or to learn your way around the kitchen, check out Starting From Scratch: The Owner's Manual for Your Kitchen.

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