Definition of bain-marie in English:

bain-marie

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Pronunciation: /ˌbanməˈriː
 
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noun (plural bains-marie or bain-maries pronunc. same)

A pan of hot water in which a cooking container is placed for slow cooking: cook in a bain-marie until the custard thickens slightly
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  • Here I've got a pretty standard three-pot set-up, meaning I can have three colours at a time. Each pot, sitting in the water below, like a double boiler or bain-marie, contains up to 2kg of wax and 2 tablespoons of sterin.
  • Another house specialty is the crème caramel, a smooth egg custard properly cooked in a bain-marie, with a generous layer of maple syrup on the bottom.
  • Place the pots in a bain-marie (an oven dish with enough water in it to go half way up the pots) and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, until the custards feel quite firm on top.

Origin

early 18th century: French, translation of medieval Latin balneum Mariae 'bath of Maria', translating Greek kaminos Marias 'furnace of Maria', said to be a Jewish alchemist.

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