Basic Egg Wash

Egg wash on a pie crust.

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An egg wash is a mixture of an egg and liquid that is most commonly brushed on a pastry before baking. This egg wash tutorial demonstrates how to make and use an egg wash to get your best-desired result.


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water or milk


  1. Crack an egg into a small bowl and add the water or milk. Beat the egg and the water together thoroughly.
  2. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash in a thin even layer onto your pastry.


For a lighter, slightly shinier sheen use cream.