Egg Wash

Egg WashAn egg wash is a very simple to make recipe, that can be used for many different cooking and pastry applications.  Its a fresh egg, that has been beaten with water, beer or milk, depending on how it is to be used.

For Breading: a protein or food product is first rolled in flour, then coated in egg wash, then into a finish coating, such as panko bread crumbs, pretzel flour or a seasoned flour.  Think schnitzel, fish sticks or breaded chicken.

For Pastry: egg wash is brushed onto the top pie crust, to help it brown, give color and visual appeal.  Other times egg wash is used to help seal a pastry, empanadas, egg roll, pot sticker or other dumpling, being used like a glue, to prevent leaking.

Depending on the use, milk will brown nicer, water will thin out the egg wash or beer will add a light touch of flavor (depending on the style used) and the bubbles will help keep it light.

Since this recipe is really only 2 ingredients, the egg matters.  I am a huge fan of the farmers markets. Getting to know who grows your food reconnects us with our community, our days of yesteryear, our roots.  With modernization | industrialization, its important to ground ourselves.  Unless you have chickens in your backyard, the freshest eggs will be at the farmers market.  The feed, the quality of the feed, the environment they  live in all factor into that yolk color and ultimate egg flavor.  The darker the yellow yolk is, the more rich the egg will taste, without even tasting it.  With most applications of an egg wash, that is also what you are wanting to create, a rich golden brown color.  This comes from the egg. Check out this link to find a local Farmers Market to you.

Egg Wash
Egg Wash
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A simple yet very useful tool, when wanted to seal a pastry or to create a wonderful golden crust on a pie or other baked good.
Servings Prep Time
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Servings Prep Time
8 guest 1 minute
Egg Wash
Egg Wash
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A simple yet very useful tool, when wanted to seal a pastry or to create a wonderful golden crust on a pie or other baked good.
Servings Prep Time
8 guest 1 minute
Servings Prep Time
8 guest 1 minute
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Instructions
  • In a small bowl, crack the egg and add the liquid of choice. Using a whisk or fork, whip until frothy and combined. Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Will keep covered for a few days.
Sean Paxton

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