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Water Bath

Definition: Water Bath

Water Bath
A cooking technique in which a large container of food is placed in a shallow pan of warm water. The pan can be inserted into a hot oven or left on top of a stove. The water surrounds the food with gentle heat, ensuring that the delicate dish inside doesn't break, crack, or curdle. Food can also be kept warm in the same manner. Custards, sauces, mousses, cheesecakes, etc. are cooked in water baths. Sometimes the technique is referred to by its French name, bain marie.

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tropicalsiren tropicalsiren 8 years
Yes in house we've used to make flan. We call it "baño maria" in spanish.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
I've heard of it and now I know what it means. :)
christinexcore christinexcore 8 years
I've never done this before! I've never even heard of it. I want to try now.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've done this before...
michichan michichan 8 years
I've never used this technique before. Thanks!
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