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12-16-2012, 04:30 AM
I'm looking at a recipe for banana cake. It calls for 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

If I use salted butter, should I omit the 1/4 teaspoon salt, or cut it down to 1/8 teaspoon? I never seem to have unsalted butter in the fridge, only salted.

Here is the recipe bwt: http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2011/01/to-die-for-banana-cake-with-vanilla.html

12-16-2012, 04:39 AM
I always omit the salt if I'm using salted butter. You can never tell how much salt is in salted butter, some brands are saltier than the other.

12-16-2012, 04:45 AM
Omit. Dansh recipes almost always call for salted butter, and no salt for sweet bakery. Granted European style butter s less salted too, but even in the US I rarely get unsalted butter.

12-16-2012, 04:49 AM
I agree - no added salt. Although I am a failed baker. ;)

12-16-2012, 05:22 AM
I would use a good pinch of salt. You can't be sure there is enough salt in the salted butter.

12-16-2012, 05:37 AM
I would use a good pinch of salt. You can't be sure there is enough salt in the salted butter.

What does salt do in a recipe like that? Honest question.

signed - failed baker.

12-16-2012, 05:43 AM
It's supposed to enhance the flavor. I rarely put in as much as they say to begin with and often use unsalted butter even if the recipe doesn't call for it because a lot of my recipes are older and I think they overdo the salt. But you can't have none or your baked goods will be bland. This is especially true if chocolate is involved.

Also, you must have salt in bread as it helps with the rising. Otherwise your bread will be a brick. :)

Here's an article on it if you want to know more:


12-16-2012, 05:44 AM
Salt really helps bring out the flavor when you're baking. I made a batch of cookies a couple weeks ago and forgot to add salt and I could really taste the difference. The cookies had a very bland sweet taste to them.

12-16-2012, 05:49 AM
Salt is a flavor enhancer, but I really think sweet stuff is often over salted.

Savory bread is another issue.

12-16-2012, 05:52 AM
Savory bread :kickass: I had some great anise-flavored brown bread at a Jul party last weekend.

12-16-2012, 06:00 AM
Huh. Never knew all that. Which is probably why I'm a failed baker. :lol:

12-16-2012, 06:26 AM
Salt is there more than just flavoring:

12-16-2012, 06:55 AM
But that's only for bread.

12-16-2012, 10:15 AM
I always use salt as well as salted butter for quick-breaks - and my banana bread and corn bread are divine. Using buttermilk helps as well.

12-16-2012, 11:23 AM
I always use salted butter and never omit the salt. I bake all the time and everything always comes out well.