Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Clive's Tips - Tip #1

Have you all met Clive? Clive is really the brains behind The Red Deer, in fact he is the red deer. Clive loves cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts and tofu burgers. He also likes going to discos and roller skating. But most importantly Clive is an expert baker and he has decided to start a new segment on The Red Deer to share his expert baking tips.

So may I present to you the first of many tips from Clive the red deer...


Tip #1

Break your eggs on a flat surface (such as your counter top) for a cleaner break. This way you are less likely to obliterate the egg shell and end up with pieces of shell floating around in the egg white.

17 comments:

cookies and cups said...

really?!?! I never knew this, always breaking the egg on the corner of the bowl. I will for sure try this as I am always paranoid I am going to get egg shells in my cookies :)

Rose said...

Your new segment is so cute. I love Clives oven glove :)
In regards to your comment, you may have actually cooked something vegan and not even known it ;) With vegan cupcakes, i often find that they are usually more dense, obviously because of the lack of egg.

Rose

Rachel said...

good one.

Amanda said...

I was baking with a non-baking friend this summer and when I moved things off the counter to crack the eggs she said, "Why don't you just crack them on the bowl, like everyone else?" I rolled my eyes and sassily told her not to question me. :)

Ingrid said...

I'm very excited to read all of Clive's tips.

I'm going to have one of my little helpers read this as he insists on breaking the eggs on the edge of my glass bowls and cracking it to smithereens. He tries. :)
~ingrid

Becky said...

:) I love Clive! Thank you for the tip! Eggs and I have a bad history - shells in the baking, breaking them helping my dad with the groceries starting at age 6 to now lol

I hope this is a regular thing, Clive and his tips!

:)

Miss Dot said...

Excellent first tip, Clive! I actually learned about doing that waaaaay back when I was a little kiddie and I attended a cooking lesson as part of a class field trip. The chef showed us how to do that and to this day I still cannot achieve quite the clean break that he did but I still feel better doing it on a flat surface all the same.

I look forward to more tips from you!!

Kat said...

Great first tip! I always crack my eggs on the edge of the bowl. I will have to remember this next time I am baking. There is nothing worse then trying to fish egg shells out of cake batter.

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Rose - I'm pretty sure all my cupcakes have had either egg or butter in them - no vegan for me yet.

Becky - yep this should be a regular feature, for a while at least :)

Elissa said...

Great idea Alicia!
Love this tip because I always crack on the bowl and I always end up with egg running down the side and over my fingers to (I am a very messy cook), hopefully now I can just keep all the egg in the bowl. Thanks!

apparentlyjessy said...

Hehe, great new segment, can always learn something new in the kitchen! I will look forward to more!

Half Baked said...

great tip! thanks clive;)

Gabbi said...

eeek.... ok, at the risk of sounding like a huge cooking dork, which I am, is Clive telling me to not use the edge of the bowl method anymore??? 'cuz that's what I usually do and it isn't always pretty :)

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Gabbi - yep just crack the eggs on your counter top and you should have less mess :)

Chantel said...

Wow, I've never heard this - I think Clive is a very cleaver deer and will be very helpful to me in future :)

Thanks

Shannon @ Bakeandbloom.com said...

Thanks Clive! lol
I am nervous about trying this though. I suspect I may be over zealous & just smash my egg all over the countertop

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Don't be nervous Shannon - just one quick tap (but not too hard) and you should be alright :)