Deutsch: Teig / Español: Rebozado / Português: Massa / Français: Pâte / Italiano: Impasto /

Batter refers to a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, milk, etc. used for baking or cooking.

Description

Batter is a thick mixture made by combining dry ingredients such as flour, cornstarch, or baking powder with liquid ingredients such as water, milk, or eggs. It is typically used in cooking to coat food before frying, baking, or grilling. The consistency of the batter can vary depending on the desired end result, ranging from thick and fluffy to thin and crispy. Batters can also include other ingredients like seasonings, spices, and fats to enhance flavor and texture. The process of dipping food items in batter helps to seal in moisture, create a crispy exterior, and add a flavorful coating.

Application Areas

  • Frying - used to coat foods such as chicken, fish, and vegetables before frying in oil
  • Baking - used to make a variety of baked goods such as cakes, muffins, and pancakes
  • Grilling - used to marinate and coat meats or vegetables before grilling

Treatment and Risks

  • Overmixing batter can result in tough and dense texture
  • Undermixing batter can leave lumps of dry ingredients in the mixture
  • Using expired or spoiled ingredients in the batter can lead to food poisoning

Examples

  • Tempura batter for deep-frying vegetables and seafood
  • Pancake batter for making light and fluffy pancakes
  • Cake batter for baking a variety of cakes such as chocolate, vanilla, or red velvet

Similar Concepts and Synonyms

Summary

Batter is a versatile mixture used in cooking to coat food items before frying, baking, or grilling. It is made by combining dry and liquid ingredients to create a thick consistency. Batters can vary in texture and flavor based on the ingredients used. Proper mixing and handling of batter are crucial to achieving the desired end result.

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