Turkey gilding

Turkey was traditionally gilded to make it look more appetising. Find out how to make the most of your turkey with our easy-to-follow recipe and give your turkey a gilded glow.

Main courses
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  • Preparation time 5 (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 10 (cooking time)
  • Serves 1


  • Unsalted butter 25g
  • Sugar 25g
  • White wine vinegar 2tbs
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Saffron strands Large pinch


  1. Gently cook the saffron in the butter, until the butter has turned vibrant yellow. Strain to remove saffron strands.
  2. Return to the pan and add the sugar and vinegar. Cook until syrupy.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the yolk. Continue cooking gently, without boiling, until thick.
  4. Ten minutes before the bird is cooked, remove from the oven and paint it with the gilding mixture. Return to the oven and continue cooking.