At first glance, eggs seem awfully simple. But you might be surprised to find that they may be the most complex foods in your kitchen. They boast a crucial role in baking, offering everything from structure to color. They also add flavor and thickness, and act as a leavening agent. It’s safe to say that eggs are talented.
Depending on the recipe, egg whites and yolks can be used separately or together. The chemical constituents of each part have a significant influence on the way ingredients interact with each other. Because eggs are so versatile and have countless uses, optimal preparation is imperative. Even the smallest slip can impact the finished product.
Luckily, you don’t need to be a professional baker to master the art of baking with eggs. The key is to keep the following aspects in mind and practice, practice, practice. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish by simply paying attention to the basics.
Worrying about the temperature outside the oven might seem silly. However, the temperature of your eggs is worth the worry. When eggs are at room temperature, they disperse better throughout the ingredients. This makes it easier to lock in air, creating a desirable, lighter texture. If the eggs are too cold, the finished product may end up extremely dense.
Often, recipes call for eggs at room temperature. To quickly bring eggs, egg whites, or yolks to room temperature, place them in a bowl. Place the bowl in a pot of warm (not hot) water. After 10 to 15 minutes, your eggs will be at the ideal temperature for baking.
About the author:
Kirsten Nunez is a New York-based author and lifestyle writer focusing on food, health, DIY, and creativity. She is the author of the DIY book, “Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion” (Laurence King Publishing, 2014).
Kirsten, who has lived in both New York and San Francisco, is an active member of the DIY communities in both cities. When she’s not writing lifestyle articles, she can be found teaching DIY classes, exploring new towns, and dreaming up recipes.