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Old 10-29-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Extra large eggs??

I've made the same pound cake recipe for at least 20 years with no problem. The last one I made I had to use 6 extra large eggs instead of 6 large eggs. The result was disasterous. The finished texture was "lumpy" and the sides of the cake collapsed inward. Did the extra large eggs cause this?

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Old 10-29-2014, 03:25 PM   #2
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It's possible. Using extra large eggs would increase the quantity of egg from 1 1/2 cups to almost 2 cups.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:56 PM   #3
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There is a chart somewhere that gives you equivalents of large vs. extra large. In the meantime, just use a liquid measuring cup or scale to figure out the equivalents. As Sir_Loin said, it's not the number of eggs so much as the volume or weight of the total.

Found the chart. Click on the link. http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes...-substitutions
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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Welcome to DC. Remember there is water in the white. By using XL eggs you have increased the water or liquid in your recipe.
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:51 PM   #5
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Here's a chart that's a little different from Andy's, but also shows the "cups" measurements for different sizes of eggs.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:36 PM   #6
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It's hard to be precise. The rules for egg sizes designate a size as any weight greater than the lesser size but no more than the next size up. So, there could be a large egg weighing 64 grams and another large egg weighing 58 grams, a 6 gram difference, which is a bit more than 1/3 tbsp. And an XL egg could be only one gram heavier than the heaviest Large egg.

Size Mass per egg
Jumbo-----------------Greater than 2.5 oz. or 71 g
Very Large or XLarge---Greater than 2.25 oz. or 64 g
Large (L)--------------Greater than 2 oz. or 57 g
Medium (M)------------Greater than 1.75 oz. or 50 g
Small (S)--------------Greater than 1.5 oz. or 43 g
Peewee---------------Greater than 1.25 oz. or 35 g

This is one area where recipes cannot be as precise as when other ingredients are given by weight as the far more precise European recipes do. But even the European recipes gives eggs by number of eggs (sometime egg whites by weight).

Too make it worse, European egg size standards assign significantly heavier eggs to each size. So, three Large Euro eggs weight, at most, 219 grams, while three Large USA eggs can weight as much as 189 grams. That's 30 grams, or nearly two tbsp.

Size Mass per egg
Very Large--73 g and over
Large-------63-73 g
Medium-----53-63 g
Small-------53 g and under
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:47 AM   #7
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http://curbstonevalley.com/wp-conten...9/eggsizes.jpg

A couple of my hens lay eggs that average 90-100 g. Which means those eggs exceed the average weight for a jumbo-sized egg. When I bake, I try to use eggs that weigh approximately the same. The other thing is that if you use farm-fresh eggs, you often can reduce the number of eggs. If six are required, five probably will be enough because the white has not evaporated so you do end up with more water than when using store-bought eggs. I am challenged when I need 2 small eggs. I usually will use one that weighs the equivalent of two small eggs. BTW, eggs are weighed in their shells for size selection you buy in the supermarket.
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Old 10-30-2014, 01:11 PM   #8
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http://curbstonevalley.com/wp-conten...9/eggsizes.jpg

A couple of my hens lay eggs that average 90-100 g. Which means those eggs exceed the average weight for a jumbo-sized egg. When I bake, I try to use eggs that weigh approximately the same. The other thing is that if you use farm-fresh eggs, you often can reduce the number of eggs. If six are required, five probably will be enough because the white has not evaporated so you do end up with more water than when using store-bought eggs. I am challenged when I need 2 small eggs. I usually will use one that weighs the equivalent of two small eggs. BTW, eggs are weighed in their shells for size selection you buy in the supermarket.
Mrytle certainly is the queen of the egg layers. Bless her big heart!
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Mrytle certainly is the queen of the egg layers. Bless her big heart!
Big heart?
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Big heart?
Absolutely! She makes sure the Big Chicken in the Big House gets all her eggs. She knows who feeds her all those special treats.
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