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Should the seeds be sprinkled over the dough before baking, or will they burn?

Should they be soaked first to prevent burning?

Should a wash (cornstarch?) be used to stick them to the dough?

Anything else I need to know?

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You should sprinkle them onto the dough before baking. They shouldn't burn, but they will toast and release some tasty oils. You don't need to soak them either.

Using a wash depends on the wetness of your dough. If it's fairly wet, you'll probably be fine. If it's a drier, more stable dough, use a simple egg wash, which will help the seeds stick and give a nice glossy finish to the top of your loaf.

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Came out perfect, thanks. – jontyc Jan 4 '12 at 2:49
It seems using boiled cornstarch wash is another option. – takrl Dec 20 '12 at 11:32
If just sprinkling them doesn't work, frequently you'd flip the bread top-down onto a damp towel, then set it in seeds, then flip it back over onto your pan/board/whatever. – SourDoh Nov 21 '13 at 17:08
Wont the egg wash burn if you put the loaf in the oven to cook thereby burning the whole top of the loaf? – user28651 Oct 13 '14 at 0:36
@Liz No, egg washes don't burn. They do promote nice browning, though. – Jefromi Oct 13 '14 at 6:38

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