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What is a Bain Marie?

A Bain Marie can be used to cook delicate food such as custards, pates, mousses and sauces. It is essentially a vessel containing hot water that, having been put in the oven, allows food to cook evenly all the way through without the food burning or drying out.

Most cookware shops sell a wide range of Bain Marie products in different sizes and made from different materials. However it is possible to make a Bain Marie from an ordinary oven-proof tin or dish. Simply half fill the chosen Bain Marie with water and then stand the dish(es) containing food in the water. The whole Bain Marie can then be placed in the oven and heated at the required temperature. It is important not to let the Bain Marie overheat as this can ruin the food.