Red Seal Cook

Category - Baked Goods and Desserts

When preparing scones to be baked, which wash is best in order to achieve a golden brown colour on the finished product?
  1. Egg and water
  2. Egg and milk
  3. Egg beaten on its own
  4. Egg whites and water
Answer: B - Scones are not naturally brown on top and require a milk and egg wash in order to achieve an appealing colour. The browning caused by the dairy is due to the Maillard reaction, while the egg adds shine. While the yolks in the egg wash do add to the colour slightly, the end product would be insufficiently browned without the use of milk as well. In the absence of eggs, milk can be used on its own to achieve a browned surface although the end product will have less shine.
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