Some cooking techniques sound more daunting than they actually are. ‘Tempering’ is one of them. If a recipe instructed you to ‘temper an egg’, would you know what to do?
|Chicken Noodle soup with Lemon and Egg|
The Definition: ‘Tempering eggs’ means to raise the temperature of beaten eggs or egg yolks so they won’t curdle when hot ingredients are added to them.
The Recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup with Lemon and Egg
4- 5 cups chicken broth or stock (homemade or commercially prepared)
Juice of one lemon
1 large handful of thin, short noodles
2 egg yolks
½ c. to 1 c. cooked, chopped chicken, optional
1. Bring the chicken broth to a rolling boil. Add the lemon juice and noodles; cook until noodles are tender, about 5-6minutes. If noodles have absorbed too much of the broth, add another cup. Add the pre-cooked chicken pieces, if using, and cook one more minute. Remove pot from heat.
2. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks.
3. To temper the egg mixture: Slowly ladle a little of the hot chicken broth into the beaten eggs, whisking constantly, to prevent the egg yolks from cooking. Add another ladle or two of the hot broth into the egg, continuing to beat constantly.
4. Once the egg yolks are tempered, slowly stir the egg mixture into the soup. The tempered eggs will thicken the soup nicely without the addition of flour or cornstarch.