You’ve probably heard that all baking ingredients, including eggs, should be at room temperature before starting a recipe. It may seem like a simple rule, but it’s actually quite important for ensuring the success of your baked goods.
What are the best ways to bring eggs to room temperature?
There are a few different ways to bring eggs to room temperature quickly, but one of the easiest and most effective is by using warm water. This isn’t a fancy trick involving a bowl of hot water and a microwave; it simply involves running tap water over the eggs for several minutes to get them to room temperature.
Eggs Are Best When They’re at Room Temperature
It’s true that all living things change their structure depending on the temperature they’re exposed to. This is known as protein coagulation, and the same goes for eggs (and other proteins like butter, milk, and cream).
So when you’re baking with cold eggs, you’re changing the structure of the proteins within them, which can affect the texture and even the baking time of your recipe. And that’s a big problem when it comes to delicate bakes and recipes with a silky texture, such as cheesecake, for example.
In addition, cold eggs stiffen softened butter, causing your batter to separate or develop lumps. This can also negatively impact the rise and spread of your baked good.
Another way to see why room temperature eggs are best when baking is that they whip better, especially when whipping egg whites for meringues or folding into batter.
When you whip eggs at room temperature, the air they contain is trapped in the egg whites and expands during the whisking process. This allows the egg whites to whip to a much higher volume and achieve a lighter, more airy consistency.
Lastly, if your recipe calls for room temperature eggs, you’ll be able to whip them faster and with less effort. In fact, you’ll find it easier to whip cold eggs than room temperature eggs because the egg whites are so much easier to mix when they’re cool, so the batter will come together faster.
How Long Does It Take To Bring Eggs To Room Temperature?
Bringing eggs to room temperature can be done in about 30 minutes or so. However, there’s a little bit of trial and error involved in getting your eggs to the right temperature for a recipe. You can try leaving the eggs out on the counter, placing them in a bowl of hot water, or running them under gently running warm water for about 10 minutes to get them to room temperature.
You can also speed up the bringing-of-eggs-to-room-temperature process by breaking them into a stainless steel bowl and letting them sit in hot, not boiling, tap water for 5-10 minutes. This will be the fastest and most consistent way to get your eggs to room temperature, but you’ll still want to ensure that they don’t feel too cold when you crack them into a bowl.