You can apply the glaze before baking, the last 5-10 minutes of baking or even after it's right out of the oven. Whenever you decide to apply the glaze you will need a soft brush. I like the silicone pastry brushes because they are soft but can be washed in the dishwasher.
Basic Egg Washes
This gives a glossy, golden look to the crust. It also makes a good 'glue' if you are applying seeds or any type of toppings to the bread. Glazes made with raw eggs are applied before baking or the last 5-10 minutes of the bake. That way the egg will have time to cook when applied to the loaf. I usually do mine the last 10 minutes of the bake.
- For a clear shiny finish use only the egg white of a large egg with 1 tablespoon cold water. Apply the last 5 - 10 minutes of the bake.
- For a golden sheen, use 1 whole egg beaten with a teaspoon of water, (you may use milk or cream for a deeper colored crust)
Using a milk glaze is simple, it will give a rich color and slight shine with a mild sweet taste. The end result in my experience using the milk is the crust will have not as deep a color as the egg washes or as glossy a finish.
- Brush the loaf with milk or cream for a deeper color before the bread is put into the oven. It will also work if applied the last 5 -10 minutes of the bake.
This glaze is normally used on Rye breads but will work on any kind of loaf. This glaze seals the loaf and gives it a high shine.
- Stir 1/2 tsp. cornstarch into 1/4 cup of cold water. Boil for a few minutes, or until it becomes completely clear.
Butter glaze is all about the taste. If you want a soft crust and glow with added flavor brush the top of your rolls or loaf with melted butter after baking. If you want a higher gloss with the butter flavor. Use an egg glaze before baking and the melted butter after baking.
Sweet Glaze or Icing Yields: 1/2 cup
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
In a small bowl, combine the sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Let stand for 5 minutes to thicken. Drizzle over bread. Let the glaze dry 20 minutes to set.
Happy Baking! Tamara