Easy Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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Easy Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Ingredients:

2½ sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise

2½ cups confectioners' sugar (10 ounces)

Pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons heavy cream


Directions:

1. In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. Using a paring knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into butter and beat mixture at medium-high speed to combine, about 15 seconds.


2. Add confectioners' sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully incorporated, about 30 seconds; scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 20 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.


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(Recipe from Cook's Illustrated)


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