An egg wash is used to give the surface of baked goods a nice glossy brown top. To make an egg wash place a whole egg (without shell) in a small bowl and beat lightly with a fork. Add about 2 tablespoons of water and beat until incorporated. Use a pastry brush to apply the egg wash. The wash may also be used to bind sugar to the top of cookies or pastries. Most important, use the egg wash right before putting the product in the oven. Variations
You can substitute milk for the water which will provide a duller finished product. You can also use yolks only with cream for shiny, darker brown finish. See more substitutions below.
If you're out of eggs or just don't want to use egg; try one of these alternatives:
metric conversions →