Announcing Sugar High Fridays – Browned Butter!

August 1, 2010 at 12:08 am 33 comments


August has only just begun, but I can already tell it’s going to be one of the busiest months I’ve had. Sweet and short announcement today – it’s an honor to host the 68th edition of Sugar High Fridays!

Created by Jennifer of The Domestic Goddess, SHF is an international dessert extravaganza. Every month a host picks a theme, whether an ingredient or category of baking, and foodies around the world create something around that theme. The results are showcased in a round-up at the end of the month, and I’m always amazed at how differently people are inspired by the same theme.

This month’s theme  ingredient is warm, nutty, extra indulgent and super versatile – you can stir it into cake batter, beat it into buttercream, brush it onto baklava… It could only be browned butter. Simmered it until it smells like toasted hazelnuts, speckled with chocolate brown flecks, browned butter is irresistable.  I can’t wait to see what everyone creates! It can be any dessert you can imagine, as long as it incorporates browned butter.


Anyone can participate. Here are the details:

— Make a dessert incorporating browned butter in some way between now and August 30th.

— Photograph the dessert and post it on your blog, with a link to this announcement.

— Email me your name, the name of your blog, the name of your dessert, a link to your post, and a 250x250px picture of your dessert by August 30th. My email is 17andbaking [at] gmail [dot] com.

— If you aren’t a blogger but want to join in, just email me your name, the name of your dessert, and the 250x250px image of your dessert by August 30th.

— Check out the round up of desserts on September 10th!

Regular SHF participants might notice the round-up is a little later than usual… This is because I’m flying out to college the last week of August and the usual end-of-the-month round-up would’ve been difficult to handle. It just gives you more excuses to bake with browned butter!

[PS: If you’re new to browned butter, check out this great guide to browning butter. It’s from Elise of Simply Recipes and includes handy step by step photos.]

[PPS: Regular post like always coming in a few days. Happy August!]

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  • 1. Adriana from Bittersweet Baker  |  August 1, 2010 at 12:38 am

    SHF sounds like tons of fun! I’m definitely going to join in.
    By the way, I love your photographs on this post!

  • 2. linda  |  August 1, 2010 at 5:03 am

    how lovely for you to be hosting shf!

    can’t believe it’s august either…
    i definitely need a sugar high!

    enjoy this month & all it brings!

  • 3. Ivonne  |  August 1, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Woohoo, Elissa! So excited!!!

  • 4. sugar plum fairy  |  August 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    August is going to be a definitely very sweet and delicious month!

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  • 6. Kate  |  August 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Just the name Browned Butter sounds delicious.

  • 7. allisonmn  |  August 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    i’m starting to brain storm recipe ideas!

  • 8. Liliane Pucci  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Please include me in your email list!

  • 9. Sally  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hi, definitely going to take part, I’m thinking brown butter cupcakes… good hosting!

  • 10. Jane  |  August 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    What a fantastic concept! I love the built-in versatility and the fact that it doesn’t spoonfeed (pardon the food pun!) a recipe to the participants. Very creative!

  • 11. Katie  |  August 3, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of browned butter but it sounds delicious! Can’t wait to see the different things people come up with. I think there’s going to be a lot of yummy treats!

  • 12. Kerry  |  August 3, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I love your blog & I’m definitely excited about this challenge. I’ve never made anything with brown butter so it should be fun! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  • 13. Jennifer  |  August 3, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Oh, Elissa I have been looking forward to this event for a long time now! Good luck and do let me know if you need anything at all!

  • 14. Danielle  |  August 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

    So glad to have stumbled upon your SHF announcement, I’ve been wanting to participate in this for the longest time, but haven’t managed to for some reason. I love browned butter, I am SO in!

  • 15. Abby  |  August 3, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Such a great writer and photographer you are!! I am friend’s w/ the counselor you had at your high school. She RAVES about you, and rightfully so! I met the counselor when I was working there as a special Ed teacher. Keep up the great work- as time permits you to do so – your blog is a treat to read!

  • 16. chocswirl  |  August 3, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I’m so amped that you’re hosting! browned butter is awesome, can’t wait to put my thinking cap on

  • 17. melissa  |  August 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I’m in!

  • 18. Jenny  |  August 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Hmmm. Maybe I can do yet another browned butter recipe for your challenge here too!

  • 19. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking  |  August 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Wow, these are just heavenly and look so delicious and refreshing for summer… Beautiful, Elissa!

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