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If I had one whole egg (my understanding being that the white has more 'setting power' than the yolk), how much milk would I be able to set?

If I tried to set 2 cups of milk with 1 egg, can I expect something like a creme anglaise or something thicker?

  • I've found that three normal-size eggs and precisely one cup of full cream, works perfectly. – Fattie Apr 6 at 12:26
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It really depends on how thick you want it. Some sites recommend one egg or 2 yolks per cup of milk. Ruhlman mentions 2 eggs per cup as 'standard', with 1 egg able to thicken 3/4 of a cup of liquid (but more fat helps).

I can't comment on thickness of creme anglaise -- I had to gave up dairy years ago, and that's not something that I've ever made.

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My understanding (from school days, Mrs Crabtree would be surprised) is that 1 medium egg will set 1/4 pint UK. That's 5 fl oz UK. USA is different and metric different again.

I use 1 FRESH medium egg to set 150mls of milk.

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  • fl oz are the same between US and UK (although pints are different ... a US pint is 1 pound of water (16 fl oz) instead of the UK 20 fl oz) – Joe Jul 16 '16 at 10:11

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