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TheDailyMeal: Common Mistakes That You May Be Making in the Kitchen

Using Butter that’s Too Soft

A lot of baking recipes call for softened butter, but letting your butter soften too much will cause a huge mess. "Overly softened butter makes your baked goods spread out into all kinds of strange, unwanted shapes," says Monroe-Williams. "When a recipe calls for softened butter, it doesn't mean nearly melted butter. It should still hold its form and push back a little bit when pushed with a finger. If you're in a hurry, don't use the microwave; just cut the butter into chunks and let it sit on the cutting board or countertop until just right."

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