Recently applied glaze dripping off of doughnuts, on an open, moving drying rack
Recently applied glaze dripping off of doughnuts, on an open, moving drying rack

In cooking, a glaze is a glossy, translucent coating applied to the outer surface of a dish by dipping, dripping, or using a brush. A glaze may be either sweet or savory (in pâtisserie, the former is known as glaçage); typical glazes include brushed egg whites, some types of icing, and jam (as in nappage), and may or may not include butter, sugar, milk,[1] oil,[2] and fruit or fruit juice.[3]


Doughnut glaze is made from a simple mixture of confectioner's sugar and water, which is then poured over the doughnuts. Some pastries have a coating of egg whites brushed-on. Some pastries use a "mirror glaze", which is glossy enough that so objects reflect on the surface (compare with frosted cakes, which are non-reflective),[4] and some candies and confections are coated in edible wax glazes.

A savory glaze can be made from reduced stock that is poured onto meat or vegetables. Glazed ham is a dish using such a glaze.[5]


A typical medieval English glaze was the 'Elizabethan' glaze made from lightly beaten egg white and sugar used predominantly on pastries of the time.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Rattray, Diana. "How To Make a Basic Cake Glaze". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Super Easy Ways to Introduce Coconut Oil to Your Diet". Oily Oily. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Fresh Fruit Glaze". 14 June 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ Iso, Justin. "White Chocolate Mirror Glaze Recipe (Video Technique)". Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  5. ^ Verberne, M.; Wahhab, I. (2016). Roast: a very British cookbook. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-4729-3549-6. Retrieved May 21, 2017.