Holiday Baking Fundamentals

This year, before you step into the kitchen to wield your holiday whisk, consider brushing up on a few kitchen science fundamentals. By: Lisa Bell & Nicole Rees

Butterscotch Pots de Crème Annotations

Butterscotch Pots de Crème Annotations

Recipe calls for: 2 large eggs.
What to know: Eggs are the key to creaminess, but only if heated carefully.

Recipe calls for: Heating milk in heavy saucepan to 180° (do not boil).
What to know: If you boil milk, it can curdle.

Recipe calls for: Straining mixture through a fine sieve.
What to know: Remove any lumps for a silky custard.

Recipe calls for: Placing cups in a baking sheet and adding enough water to come halfway up the sides of the cups.
What to know: Water bath cooks gently for smooth results.

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