There are a couple of factors that determine whether you’ll end up with a well coloured vibrant crust or one that is dull and lifeless.
- Artisan, chewy style crust needs steam for the first few minutes, then dry heat.
- Dusting with flour gives a rustic look to the loaf.
- Egg wash turns the bread golden and gives a softer crust.
- Milk washes in the last few minutes are good for a sandwich style loaf and give a glossy brown, soft crust.
- Brush loaves or rolls with oil or water and roll in seeds or grains to coat before baking.
- Sunflower seed rolls
- Cottage Cheese rolls
- Oil softens the crust, water keeps it crisper.
- Slash the top of loaves 1/4 inch deep 15 -20 minutes before baking, if not longer, to give the ultimate slash and rise look to the bread.