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    What EXACTLY is Butternut Extract?

    ala-kat
    Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:45 pm
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    I'm looking for this for my mom, and the more I research, the more confused I get. Is it a 'vanilla&butter&nut' extract? I've found a 'butter' extract, but must assume it is not the same thing. How would it be different in the baking?

    I'm in my fifties and have never heard of this extract before. Is it an old school kind of thing? I just want to have a better understanding of this extract so I get what she is looking for.

    Thank you icon_biggrin.gif
    Dee514
    Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:30 am
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    "Butter extract" is an extract/flavoring that is used to give baked goods and frostings a (dairy) butter flavor.

    "Butternut extract" is a flavoring derived from butternuts (it has nothing to do with the flavor of butter or the flavor of butternut squash).
    Butternuts are a tree nut native to North America and Canada - I think (not 100% sure) that they are also called "white walnuts" (different in looks and flavor from 'regular' walnuts and black walnuts).

    You can probably find it online, I believe the Watkins company makes it. You can also try cake/candy making supply stores or craft stores that sell cake decorating supplies.
    duonyte
    Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:31 am
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    Dee514
    Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:50 pm
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    After doing a bit more research on butternut extract, I have found that no one seems to be making pure butternut flavoring/extract anymore icon_sad.gif

    The reason being that butternut trees are dying out at an alarming rate because of some sort of disease/or bug. icon_sad.gif

    It appears that most companies are making an imitation butternut flavoring, which is (pure or imitation) vanilla based to which they are adding nut and imitation butter flavorings.

    Personally, if I had to find a butternut flavoring substitute for a favorite old recipe, I would choose butter pecan as the flavoring to use - its probably closest to true butternut.
    I do have about 1/3 of a (dusty) bottle of Watkins Butternut Extract in the pantry, but I can't tell you how old it is, nor when Watkins stopped making it. icon_eek.gif
    I should probably dump it - I haven't made Danish pastry dough in at least a decade. icon_confused.gif
    ala-kat
    Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:42 am
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    Thank y'all so very much icon_biggrin.gif The information you provided was very helpful.
    alipdowns@hotmail.com
    Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:29 pm
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    Butternut flavoring has been around for 100+ years. My grandmother used it, her mother used it and so on. It is very hard to find. You can order it on Amazon. It is now called butter and nut flavoring. It used to be just plain "butternut", why it changed I haven't a clue.
    Chef #1802359282
    Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:31 pm
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    It is the original Imitation Vanilla, Butter and Nut Flavoring... This is what you are looking for......Made by Superior... Clear plastic bottle with White top and the color is a red orange... It is what makes a true Butter Nut Cake yellow....
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