Using Butter Instead of Vegetable Oil in Brownies
For home bakers, one of the most common questions is whether you can make substitutions to a recipe. For many recipes, you can safely substitute one oil with another, and in the case of brownie recipes, you may be able to use butter instead of vegetable oil. Although there is a texture difference between brownies with butter and those with oil, there are also pros to using butter instead of oil.
Pros to Using Butter in Brownies
- Butter adds flavor: Butter has a distinct flavor that you won’t get with vegetable oil. It will add a richer depth of flavor.
- Butter creates a thicker texture: The butter will help create a thicker, chewier texture.
- Brownies last longer with butter: The moisture from the butter helps the brownies last longer than with oil.
Cons to Using Butter in Brownies
- Butter creates a heavier texture: While the butter will add a richer depth of flavor, it may also make the brownie a bit heavier in texture.
- Butter will reduce the spread: If you’re looking for a flatter, more cake-like brownie, the butter may inhibit the spread of the batter.
- Butter can cause sticking: You may find that it’s more difficult to remove the brownies from the pan since butter has a higher chance of sticking.
Overall, if you’re looking for a richer flavor and chewier texture, it’s worth trying using butter instead of vegetable oil. It’s important to note, however, that you may have to adjust the recipe accordingly – just be sure to bake the brownies a bit longer to ensure they’re done, since butter has a lower smoking point than oil.