Ideally, butter should be left on the counter for 30 minutes or so at room temperature. I like to take my butter out of the refrigerator first, then gather all of my other ingredients, line my baking pans, throw in a load of laundry, check Instagram, etc. A microwave can be used, but watch carefully.
Also, what does it mean when butter is softened?
Many baking recipes call for “softened” butter, or room temperature butter. The reason for using softened butter is that you want to beat the butter (also called “creaming the butter”), either with sugar or without, and it's very hard to beat a cold stick of butter.
How does Mary Berry soften butter?
Cut the butter, straight from the fridge, into large cubes. Place the butter cubes into a bowl of lukewarm water (about the temperature of a baby's bath) and leave it for ten minutes. Drain the water off the butter and it's ready to cream.
How do you soften butter with a glass?
1. Use the hot glass over cold butter trick to quickly soften a stick. Heat a glass of water in the microwave, toss out the water and cover the butter with the warm glass. The heat and steam from the glass will gently warm the butter to perfection.