Do You Glaze Bread Rolls

September 10, 2022
Written by Allyza Cepeda

One of the things that make bread rolls look delicious and sumptuous is their shiny, brown crust. And there’s only one way to achieve that and it’s through glazing.

Yes, bread rolls are glazed with either an egg wash, milk, or cream. Glazing your bread rolls will allow you to achieve that shiny, brown crust on top. But more than that, it also adds flavor while adding moisture. Glazes are usually applied using a soft pastry brush before baking.

Although most recipes typically suggest glazing with an egg wash, there are many other alternatives you can use as well.

You can also glaze using milk, cream, butter, margarine, or oil. If you’re using butter or oil, you can add your seasoning or flavoring to add an extra oomph to your bread.

What is glaze in baking?

If you’ve just started out baking, chances are, you’ve probably heard the word glaze. It’s typically applied to different kinds of baked goods such as bread and pastries.

A glaze in baking is typically used to give the bread a smooth or shiny finish. In bread, this comes in the form of an egg wash or other form of dairy. Desserts are made of milk and powdered sugar. It’s then drizzled onto pastries like cake or donuts. 

Some also use a pastry brush to apply the glaze to make their pastries glisten. More than cake or donuts, glazes are also often used on fruit pies and tarts.

How to make an egg wash?

An egg wash is a common staple in baking. Aside from bread rolls, it’s also used to glaze pies and other types of bread.

To make it, mix one egg (can be just the yolk, whites, or whole) and a tablespoon of any of the following liquids: water, milk, or heavy cream. You can also adjust the mixture according to your preference. If you want something thinner in consistency so it spreads better, just add another tablespoon of the liquid of your choice.

What happens if I put too much egg wash?

What happens if I put too much egg wash

Glazing an egg wash on your bread is a great way to make its exterior glossy. But is there such a thing as too much eggwash?

As your dough bakes, the egg wash does too, which then creates the glossy sheen you often see in most bread.

Using too much can lead to the egg wash pooling at the edges and congealing together. This can then turn into bits of the baked egg sticking at the sides of your bread.

To avoid using too much egg wash, always scrape the excess off your pastry brush before proceeding to glaze your bread.

What happens if you don’t brush pastry with egg?

Although brushing your bread or pastry with egg is standard practice, not everyone may have eggs at the moment or aren’t consuming eggs for some reason.

Glazing with egg wash is optional. But if you don’t brush your baked good with egg, your bread or pastries will look dull and dry. This, in turn, results in an unappetizing appearance. Other than that, not brushing your bread or pastry with egg won’t affect its taste.

How do you use egg wash without a brush?

An egg wash is typically applied with a pastry brush. But there will be times, that you’re just unable to find it or you just don’t own one. The good thing is, that you can still apply an egg wash without a brush.

To apply, egg wash without a brush, dip your bread or pastry into the mixture and let the excess fall.

As an alternative, you can also use a paper towel by dipping it into the mixture before applying it to your baked goods. Another option is to use a spoon. Scoop a little amount, pour on your bread, and then spread on top to take off the excess.

Does egg wash make the bread crispy?

With and Without Egg Wash

A lot of people like their bread crispy. Although there are several ways to achieve crispy bread, will applying egg wash achieve that as well?

The type of egg wash you use plays a role in achieving a crispy exterior on your bread. Using a whole egg plus a tablespoon of water results in a soft crust while using just the egg white and a tablespoon of water can lead to a much firmer crust.

Do you season egg wash?

For beginner bakers looking to learn all about baking bread and pastries, learning the different aspects of using an egg wash is important to make your baked goods look appetizing.

An egg wash isn’t typically seasoned because the yolk in the egg already has a slight flavor. For egg wash that uses only the white part, the goal is to typically achieve a firm crust and shine on the exterior and not to add more flavor.

If you want to season your egg wash, opt to use oil and butter as your wash instead. Both hold flavor well and are typically used if you want added flavor on top of your bread.

Is egg wash better than butter?

Butter is a common ingredient used in baking and it’s only normal to wonder if it would be a better alternative than your usual egg wash.

Which is better between egg wash and butter boils down to preference.

If you want something with more flavor, butter is the way to go. But if you prefer that your bread comes with an extra-crisp crust, egg wash is the better choice.

What’s the difference between an egg wash and a milk wash?

difference of egg and milk wash

There are a lot of different types of wash out there that you can use for your bread and pastries. But how do both vary from each other?

Egg wash is used primarily for shine as the egg yolk contributes a golden color to the finished bread or pastry. If you want just a clear shine, an egg white alone will suffice. Milk wash, on the other hand, is used to promote better browning on the exterior of a baked product.

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