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In a previous blog post, I talked all about the importance of room temperature butter and included a quick 15 minute baking hack to get your cold butter up to room temp. But the story doesn’t end with the butter, room temperature eggs have their own purpose in recipes too.
Now, I’ve admitted before to not worrying about basic baking knowledge, like the difference between salts, but this one…
…the room temperature eggs are truly something I didn’t think about until this year. And I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a new basic for you as well.
So are room temperature eggs REALLY important?
Eggs have varying viscosities, depending on their temperature. Viscosity refers to the thickness and consistency of something.
When an egg is colder it is more viscous which leads to a thicker egg shell, yolk and egg white. A thicker shell is harder to crack which can be a dangerous game for many (watch out egg shells in batter).
Not only that, but a colder egg yolk and white do not produce as much air when whipped for your baked goods batter.
An egg closer to room temperature, which is less viscous than an egg from the fridge, will produce more air when whipped and mix together more easily with the other ingredients. It is lighter which therefore makes it the ideal egg temperature for cookie, cake and tray bakes.
While it won’t completely change your bake in the same way a cold stick of butter might, its still something worth paying attention to when reading through a recipe.
How to bring eggs to room temp quickly
An egg is considered room temperature when it reaches between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. You can take the temperature of your eggs by cracking them into a bowl and using a thermometer, but that isn’t super helpful unless you have up to two hours on your hands to let the eggs sit on the counter and reach room temperature.
While whole, if your egg shell is about the same temperature as the palm of your hand, you’ll be good to go. So, here is a quick hack to get your eggs to room temperature in about 5-10 minutes. Follow these steps right when you begin baking…Print
Quickly Bring Eggs to Room Temperature
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- A glass or liquid measuring cup that fits at least 2 cups of water
- Room temp to Warm water (approx 68 – 70 degrees F)
- 1 egg
- Fill your glass with room temperature water
- Gently place the egg, still whole in its shell, in the water
- Leave in the water for 5 – 10 minutes
- Start gathering the ingredients for your recipe and begin baking
- TaDa! In 5-10 minutes your egg will be ready for baking