i would like to know if there is a way to get a crunchy yet golden glaze on Buns/rolls... kind of like bread you would get out of a dutch oven

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    What kind of bread are you making? There's no need to wash or glaze on regular bread if you want it crunchy.
    – user50726
    Oct 2, 2019 at 21:19
  • I am making everything from braided knots to dinner rolls... Oct 2, 2019 at 23:13
  • I also make other breads...multi grain with seeds on the top... foccassias... ciabattas...etc... i know most breads to not get glazed/washed Oct 2, 2019 at 23:13
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    Hey, Tarus, you need to provide a LOT more information in order for us to answer your question. Mostly, you need to define what "works best" means; what are your criteria and what results do you hope to achieve? SeasonedAdvice is not a discussion site, to asking for "experiences and opinions" is off-topic, see: cooking.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask
    – FuzzyChef
    Oct 3, 2019 at 4:33
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    You are asking specifically about washes, so not a duplicate, but the real solution to your problem: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/1535/…
    – rumtscho
    Oct 8, 2019 at 12:45

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You may have to compromise a bit here, I am assuming you want both a shiny and crunchy finish to your rolls.

Traditionally, the crunch comes from a longer period in the heating oven with lid removed from the Dutch oven to crisp-up the outer layer. A different technique is used with baguettes, where they are sprayed with fine mist at 5 minute intervals over a total cooking time of 15 minutes. Both of these methods will give an excellent crunch, although the final finish will be dull.

An egg or milk wash will give a lovely final sheen to your rolls, but in my experience this prevents the development of a really crispy crust if you use a whole beaten egg. Apparently, just using the egg white diluted with water will achieve more crunch, but I doubt if it will be as intense as the traditional DO or spray method.


  • okay... thanks for the help.... basically what i came to but was wondering if there was something i was missing... Oct 4, 2019 at 14:54

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