General Baking Tips


 
Looking for ways to make your Bread even more beautiful? Egg Wash
To give the crust a super shine:
  • Brush it with one egg or egg white beaten with a little water before you put your ready-to-go bread in the oven.
  • If you forget to do so before baking, you can still apply the egg wash 5 minutes before the bread is to come out of the oven.
Butter or Margarine
For less shine but a good deep, golden-brown color and very good flavor, brush butter on loaf just out of the oven.


Milk
For a loaf that’s really delicious, brush the unbaked loaves with milk. It will make a slightly soft or tender crust, with a somewhat dull shine.


Toppings
Brush unbaked loaves with an egg-white wash and then sprinkle with the topping of your choice...
  • Poppy seed
  • Caraway seed
  • Sesame seed
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Onion
  • Garlic flakes
Slashing
For a decorative, professional look, glaze and slash the top, after dough rises, with a single edge razor blade or sharp knife. Cut about 1/4 inch into the dough.


No matter what the recipe, make sure you always:
  • Measure dry ingredients in a dry ingredients measuring cup or spoon.
  • Measure liquid ingredients in see-through measuring cups at eye level.
  • Use a thermometer for precise temperatures.
  • Follow each recipe exactly.
  • Preheat the oven