Homestead Hack: Easier Buttered Bread

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan absolutely loves my homemade KitchenAid Sandwich Bread so I endeavor to keep him supplied in it as often as possible.  I like to make sure the crust of my bread is flavored in buttery goodness and we only use real butter, but of course I like to use it in moderation.

So recently I pulled my fresh loaves from the oven, went to butter the tops and I thought “Hey, there’s an even EASIER way and it uses less butter!”

This is certainly not a new idea but it’s one that I’ve adopted in the kitchen each & every time I’m buttering the tops of my fresh homemade loaves.  Y’all know I’m a big fan of using it ALL.

HOMESTEAD HACK: EASIER BUTTERED BREAD. Not a new idea but it's one I've adopted when buttering the tops of my homemade bread. Use It ALL! #TexasHomesteader

I typically pull the loaves from the oven when there’s still 5 minutes left on the baking time and rub the tops of the loaves with a stick of butter lightly coating the top and return the loaf to the oven for the final bake time.  This allows the buttery flavor to coat the top of the loaves. And my handsome RancherMan loves the taste of butter.

Using An Empty Butter Wrapper

But on this day I spied the the now-empty butter wrapper that I had sitting on the counter after making my bread and I decided to butter the loaves a little differently this time.  I allowed the full baking time for the loaves & when I brought them out from the oven I opened the butter wrapper and ran the buttery side across the top of my homemade bread.  The warm bread readily accepted the butter left stuck on the wrapper and a light coat of melted buttery goodness was added to the top crust of my bread. RancherMan didn’t notice a difference at all.

Try this with your own hot rolls or loaves of bread.  By using this procedure you can add the buttery flavor to your bread with just the small amount of butter residue left behind on the wrapper – all the butter flavor with just a small amount of butter and using something that beforehand would have just been tossed in the trash.  Gotta love it!

~TxH~

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6 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Easier Buttered Bread

  1. JES

    My mother taught this to me when I first learned how to bake bread 17 years ago. Great tip! and thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays 🙂

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve read it as well over the years JES, not sure why I didn’t incorporate it until recently but it’s a standard practice now for me. How did previous generation get so dang smart?? 🙂

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  2. Margy

    I can see Mom putting two sticks of butter (or margarine) into batches of dough for cookies. She always saved the wrappers to grease the cookies sheets. Then she took a paper grocery bag (back when you got them free at the stores), cut out the bottom and laid it out flat. This was where the fresh baked cookies went to cool before storing. She grew up during the depression and really knew how to stretch things to the max. She also grew up on a farm even though they lived on the outskirts of Los Angeles. In those days, the suburban sprawl hadn’t begun. Their 40 acre farm growing corn and beans to sell at the downtown Farmer’s Market was sold and subdivided in the early 1950s when there was a rush for homes for returning war veterans. – Margy

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I love the image of your mom setting out cookies to cool on brown paper. Those were great days when folks used what they had – I hope we all learn to think that way again. I know that I always try to keep that in mind when I’m going about our tasks here on the ranch. Sometimes it just takes a little thinking outside the box. ~TMH~

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  3. ColleenB.

    Great Hot idea. idea. Waste not want not.
    I actually save my empty butter wrapers and put in ziplock baggie or container to save for later use in buttering my pans or in your case use to butter the top of the hot homemade bread, etc.

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