Eggs serve several purposes in baking, including adding structure, firmness, color, flavor and even leavening. The specific function of eggs in a given recipe depends in part on the recipe and in part on whether the whole egg, the white or the yolk is being used. In addition, eggs can help baked goods to look more appetizing.Continue Reading
As eggs cook, they become firm. This is as true when the eggs are used in a baked goods recipe as it is in hard-boiling eggs to eat. That firmness helps to set the physical structure of cookies, cakes and even some cheesecakes.
When egg yolks alone are used with the whites strained out, they add a luscious yellow tone to a batter or dough. Egg yolks contain virtually all the fat of an egg, so using them also adds a richness to baked goods that comes through not just in the flavor but also in the feel of the food on the tongue.
Egg whites are also extremely useful on their own. Whipped egg whites can be used to aid in leavening since they hold in air bubbles and help the flour to rise to greater heights as is seen especially in angel food cakes. Whipped egg whites are also the basis for meringues, either used to top lemon or lime-based pies or baked into a cookie form. Finally, brushing on a little beaten egg mixed with water adds an attractive shine to the top of any flour-based baked good, including bread crusts, pie crusts, biscuits or pretzels.Learn more about Dairy & Eggs
Eggs can stay at room temperature for 2 weeks without losing their quality and still remain safe to eat. The United States Food and Drug Administration recommends storing eggs in the refrigerator immediately after purchasing them.Full Answer >
Recipes for deviled eggs that use Miracle Whip include Miracle Whip Spicy Deviled Eggs, Creamy Deviled Eggs and Deviled Eggs with Miracle Whip. Many recipes that call for regular mayonnaise can substitute Miracle Whip instead, but these recipes automatically call for the salad dressing.Full Answer >
Southern Living's Basic Deviled Eggs and Food Network's Classic Deviled Eggs are both good recipes. Both call for six large eggs and are made in a similar way but differ slightly in terms of ingredients.Full Answer >
The function of flour in cooking or baking is to provide structure and texture through the formation of gluten. Flour is an important ingredient in breads, pastries and pasta and is used to thicken soups and sauces.Full Answer >