“How-To” Baking – Scalding

Scalding means to heat a liquid, usually milk, until it almost simmers. Milk specifically will easily boil over and scorch so recipes will generally call for scalding to avoid overcooking.

To scald milk:

  • Choose a pan large enough to allow for a few inches of rising.
  • Fill the pan with a little cold water, swirl it around, and pour out. The thin layer of water will help to keep the milk from sticking.
  • Pour in the milk and cook over medium heat, stir occasionally to avoid scorching.
  • Heat just until small bubbles appear around the edge of the pan, remove from heat. Watch the milk carefully at this stage, it can boil over easily.

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