Hello, fellow ghee lovers! As the cooler weather and holidays start to roll around, we find that we’re spending more and more time in the kitchen baking. We wanted to break down everything you need to know about baking with ghee, as well as provide a few delicious recipes that you can try out at home! Throw on a sweater, crank up that oven, grab a jar of 4th & Heart ghee, and let’s get baking! Enjoy, and happy cooking! 

How do I bake with ghee? 

This is the most glaring question, and the answer couldn’t be more simple: use it exactly like you would butter! Ghee is butter after all (just without the lactose and milk solids), so you should use it the same way you’d use butter in any given recipe. 

Are ghee and other oils interchangeable in baking? 

The short answer is yes, although it depends specifically on what you’re baking. If the recipe calls for oil instead of butter, you can certainly use melted ghee in a 1 to 1 ratio: for example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of vegetable oil, you can substitute 1 cup of melted ghee or even 4th & Heart ghee oil. Do keep in mind, though, that our ghee does have a fairly assertive buttery flavor, so if the recipe calls for a neutral, flavorless oil, you may want to use 4th & Heart ghee oil instead. 

Can I use ghee spray in my baking? 

Absolutely! We highly recommend that you use 4th & Heart ghee spray for any and all baking needs. It works just like any other brand of cooking and baking spray, but it’s even better because of its high smoke point (485 degrees!) Alternatively, you can also grease any pots, pans, or baking dishes with room temperature ghee or melted ghee as well. 

Does ghee taste different than butter? 

Because ghee is made by cooking butter to the point of separating milk solids, it has a slightly more concentrated butter flavor, which is perfect for baked goods! For pie crusts, cookies, muffins, and just about everything else, part of their delicious charm is that hint of buttery goodness that lingers after every bite. If you’re sensitive to lactose, ghee is a perfect substitute for butter because you can achieve the same amazing flavor in any baked goods without the lactose! 

Ultimately, if you have any trepidation about using ghee in your baking, why not pick up a jar of 4th & Heart ghee and try it yourself? It couldn’t be easier (or more delicious), and we’re confident that you’ll become a ghee-baking convert! Here are a few of our favorite baking recipes that feature ghee:

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies by @fourthandheart

Arguably the greatest dessert of all time, 4th & Heart style! We use our grass-fed ghee instead of butter for a lactose-free, extra buttery chocolate chip cookie that will rock your world! If you’re feeling like you want to add even more flavor, why not try this recipe with our Vanilla Bean ghee, or even Chocti? 

Chocolate Babka by @fourthandheart

We love a dessert that also doubles as a breakfast (or really, for any time of day), and this recipe is just that! Swirls of chocolate and delicious brioche combine for a divine baked treat that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. You may want to double this recipe, because it disappears fast! 

Healthy Banana Walnut Muffins by @fourthandheart

Portable breakfasts are roaring back now that people are starting to commute again, and this healthy (but no less delicious) and filling breakfast fits the bill perfectly! These yummy, buttery muffins are just what you need to kickstart your day with tons of flavor and nutrients—plus, they’re kid friendly, too! 

Chai Spiced Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting by @fourthandheart

This loaf absolutely screams autumn, and we know that we’ll be making it all season long! We didn’t think that carrot cake could get any better, but we stand corrected: the addition of chai takes this classic dessert to a whole new level. This is a perfect snacking loaf for absolutely any time of day (in the morning with coffee, as an afternoon pick me up, or in the evening after dinner), and we know that you’ll be making this recipe over and over again just like us! 

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