Monday, August 28, 2006
First, remove eggs from carton.
My friend Jill's recent baking experience with a recipe that was missing some key details reminded me of a recipe I once read. It was the opposite extreme of the one Jill was working from. The directions went something like this:
First, remove eggs from carton. Next, lightly tap first egg against a sharp edge such as the counter or edge of mixing bowl until it cracks. Carefully separate the shells and drop the egg into the bowl, making sure that no shell pieces fall into the bowl. Discard shells. Repeat process for second egg.
You can imagine how the rest of the instructions went. I'm not sure which is worse - not nearly enough detail, or so much detail you feel like it was written for someone who has never turned on an oven. (Preheat oven by turning dial to 350. Be sure the light is on, indicating the oven has been turned on. Oven will beep once it is preheated.)