Glazed toppings for bread can add great interest to your bread creation by providing a variety of finishes to the crust.
Glazed bread toppings can be used with oven baked bread as well as bread that is being made with a bread maker.
Some glazes add flavor and some vary the texture of the crust. Here are 10 of my favorites:
Whisk together 1 egg, 1 tbsp water and a pinch of salt. Brush over proved dough just before baking for a shiny and golden crust.
Milk will also give a golden crust. For sweet bread recipes a little sugar can also be added to warm milk and then brushed on the dough.
For a French-style finish, brush your loaf with water at the beginning of the baking process. To increase the effect you can brush or spray water a number of times during baking. Make sure the crust is dry each time as you do not wish it to turn out soggy.
To give a shiny surface and a crisp crust, brush your bread with lightly salted water immediately before baking.
Soya Powder and Water
This is an excellent glaze for vegans and a superb egg-free alternative to egg-wash. Mix soya powder with water and brush on proved dough just before baking.
Cornflour and Water
Simply mix a little cornflour with some water and cook over a low heat until translucent. Allow to cool slightly and apply to dough before baking to give a chewy and shiny crust.
For a rich and shiny crust use your favourite beer but make sure it’s at room temperature as beer straight from the fridge could cause the dough to collapse.
Brushing with olive oil immediately before and again after baking will give a subtle flavour and a rich, shiny crust. This is particularly good on focaccia and traditional flatbreads.
Melt a little butter or margarine in the microwave or over a low heat and whilst still hot, brush over the crust of a baked loaf. This will produce a richly flavoured crust with a softer texture.
Jam, Honey and Syrup
Sweet glazes are best applied directly onto the crust of the hot baked bread. Try melted apricot jam flavoured with a sprinkle of cinnamon, or runny honey, maple syrup, golden syrup or even molasses.