Berries with Sabayon
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Bain-marie is a method of cooking in which a bowl or container is placed over or in a saucepan of simmering water to keep food warm or cook over gentle heat.
Food in a bain-marie cooks or heats by gentle heat without reaching too high a temperature. It is used to prepare delicate foods, such as sauces and custards, without splitting or curdling. Also used to melt chocolate without scorching or seizing.
A bain-marie can be done either on the stove top (using a double boiler) or in the oven. Oven versions have baking dish(es) placed directly in pan of hot water in the oven, a method often used for crème caramel and cheesecake. Stove-top versions are often referred to as double boilers.
• Choose bowl that fits securely over saucepan to prevent steam escaping.
• In saucepan, bring just enough water to not touch bowl to gentle simmer (not boil).
• Place bowl of food over water and regulate temperature to maintain simmer.
• Whisk constantly to prevent eggs from curdling or sauce from splitting.
Dessert recipes using a bain-marie:
• Berries with Sabayon
• Cardamom Chocolate Pots de Crème
• French Lemon Tart
• Berry Lemon Curd Trifle
• Truffle Croquembouche
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