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Old 06-17-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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With what should I brush my buns/rolls before baking them ?

Hello guys,

This is the question I have had on my mind for a long time. I always read in recipes that I should use this or that liquid... But Maybe they are wrong, or maybe I won't obtain the finish I like ! Everyone's different.

So I decided to make an Experiment.

I prepared 12 popular brushing found in recipes (offline and online) and I applied them to dinner rolls I made.

The liquids I used :
- Egg white
- Egg yolk
- Beaten egg
- Water Egg Wash ( egg + 2Tbsp water )
- Milk Egg Wash ( egg + 2Tbsp milk )
- Melted butter
- Buttermilk
- Milk
- Oil
- Baking Soda Water ( 1tsp baking soda and 3 tsp water )
- Water
- None ( essential to point out differences )

The results were quite interesting !

To sum things up : Here's my conclusion ( in my opinion only )

- For sweet buns : I would choose "Egg wash with milk" because the color is rich and the buns were shiny.

- For salty buns : I would choose "Milk" or "Baking soda water". I 'd rather use something simple like Milk. The baking soda adds a "Pretzel-like" taste to it which i really love.

Tell me what brushing you prefer ;)

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Old 06-17-2013, 11:14 AM   #2
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I wait until I pull the rolls from the oven and brush the tops with a stick of cold butter.

It helps to make a tender crust.

I do this because my Mother and my Grandmother did it that way!

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Old 06-17-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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I do like Aunt Bea for the same reason.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:23 PM   #4
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I do like Aunt Bea for the same reason.
Yup - me too although I have used cream just at the end for a good result.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:41 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Oldvine View Post
I do like Aunt Bea for the same reason.

You do it because Aunt Bea's mother and grandmother did it?
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:20 PM   #6
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It depends on what kind of finish you want on the bread. Normally I prefer rustic bread, so I don't brush with anything. But other times when I want a shiny finish, I'll use an egg wash.

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