1. Making the switch from butter
Are you a butter baker, wanting to switch to a vegan product with that same buttery flavor? Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks were made for you. 0g trans fats and no hydrogenated oils, unnatural preservatives or emulsifiers are found in this natural vegan butter alternative. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks can be used in any application where butter is traditionally used. Cookies, pie crusts, cakes and quick breads all work exceptionally well.
2. Recipes Calling for Unsalted Butter
Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks are all natural and use salt as a natural preservative. In recipes calling for unsalted butter, decrease the amount of salt added in the recipe. A good rule of thumb is to cut ¼ teaspoon of salt for each 1/2 cup Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks.
3. Pastries & Pie Crusts
Traditional butter crusts work beautifully using Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks in place of butter. The moisture content and melting points of the two are nearly identical, so you should expect the same flaky texture and buttery flavor. Pastry and crust recipes calling for shortening or lard perform equally well with Earth Balance® Shortening Sticks instead, and yield a lighter and more tender crust but without the tell-tale flavor and flakiness that comes from butter or Buttery Sticks. For this reason, successful pastries or crusts often use a mixture of Buttery Sticks and Shortening Sticks – the buttery flavor and flakiness are preserved in a workable, yet tender crust that pleases all palates. For optimum results, always work with both products when they are very cold.
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