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Bain Marie

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Definition: A bain marie is a utensil and a cooking technique. One container with food to be cooked is placed in another, larger pan containing water that is at the simmering point. This method of cooking surrounds the food with very gentle heat and is used for cooking delicate dishes like custards or white sauces, or melting chocolates.

Pronunciation: bane mah-REE • (noun)

Also Known As: double boiler, Mary's bath

Examples: The custard was placed in a bain marie and cooked over barely simmering water.

Common Misspellings: bane mairie

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