Pastry brushes are an essential tool for pastry chefs. They are used to create beautiful decorations on desserts such as meringues, puff pastry, and croissants. However, they are also quite expensive.
A pastry brush comes in handy when baking or cooking in the kitchen. Baked goods like bread and pastries are glazed with butter or an egg wash, and this is where basting brushes come in handy. An all-purpose basting or spreading pastry brush can be used with just one pastry brush. Roasts, barbecues, marinades, and even doughs can benefit from this seasoning.
As a home baker, how can I use a pastry brush instead?
Don’t be fooled by the brand names. A pastry brush is the same as a basting brush. If you don’t have access to a pastry brush, here are several alternatives you can try at home if you want to keep your dough golden and your meat soft.
If you want to use a pastry brush instead of a pastry brush, there are a few options out there. The first option is to use a silicone spatula. These are inexpensive and can be found at most kitchen stores.
Another option is to use a plastic spatula. Plastic spatulas are usually cheaper than silicone ones. If you are looking for a cheap alternative to a pastry brush, these are some of the best options.
Top Pastry Brush Alternatives
1. A Paintbrush That’s Never Been Used
If you happen to have one laying around in your DIY cupboard, a clean, little, unused paintbrush is the most effective pastry brush substitute. In fact, this was the first thing I grabbed when I realized I needed a paintbrush alternative in my life, and I used it for quite some time. One thing to keep in mind is that some paintbrushes are prone to shedding their bristles, so exercise caution while swapping them out.
2. A Toothbrush that’s been unused
Many well-organized, responsible adults have extra toothbrushes on hand, and if you’re one of them, there’s excellent news for you: This pastry brush can come in if you ever run out. However, the major disadvantage of using a toothbrush as a substitute is that the bristles will be much harsher and shorter than optimal (particularly on a fresh new toothbrush). But, hey, you can manage; just apply butter, egg, and so on with a light touch.
3. Towel and a Spoon
While this approach limits your ability to be as precise as possible, it nevertheless gets the job done. Brush the pastry with the provided brushing liquid, then quickly wipe it with a paper towel that has been wadded loosely to blot and spread. To get more even results, lightly dip your paper towel in your brushing solution as you go.
4. Coffee Filters
A coffee filter has a uniquely excellent texture for stepping in to act as your pastry brush for the moment. It’s as simple as putting the filter in a bundle in the bottom, drizzling brushing liquid on the edges, and starting to brush.
5. Parchment Paper
Another well-known hack is to use parchment paper as a makeshift pastry brush. To do this, cut a 10 to 12-inch piece of parchment. Rectangle paper in half, then in half again to form a smaller rectangle. The bristles for your brush will be made from vertical strips cut from the short, unfolded side of the rectangle using scissors.
How to Improvise a Pastry Brush while Baking
You’ll need a pair of scissors and a roll of parchment paper for this project.
- Take a 10-inch-long piece of parchment paper and fold it in half to form a rectangle.
- Cut the parchment paper into four equal pieces. To produce a smaller rectangle, fold it over one more time.
- Staple the paper to your work surface and snip onto the opposite side to make your bristles. To avoid a jumble of shredded paper, cut vertical strips that end about half an inch from the fold.
- Fan out the freshly cut bristles with your fingertips before applying them to the baked product.
- What a simple, yet effective, alternative to buying a pastry brush. After you’ve finished admiring your work, put the pie in the oven.