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Egg Wash Substitute?

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Does anyone know of a trick to get raw sugar to stick to the top of baked goods (i.e. scones, cookies, etc.) without using an egg wash?

This may seem crazy but I've got exactly 1 egg in my house, the recipe calls for 1 egg plus an extra for the egg wash. It's a frigid storm outside and venturing out for a lone egg seems slightly insane. Would a mixture of cream and water work?

Any thoughts?

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  1. Yes, cream and water would work. I'll even use skim milk if it's all I've got.

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    1. re: JoanN

      Thanks JoanN! That's what I was thinking. I even came across something on the internet suggesting melted butter. Think I'll stick with a cream and water mix though. In the words of Tim Gunn: Make it work! :-)

    2. Buttermilk works well, too. Whichever you use, let it dry a little until tacky so that the sugar doesn't dissolve.