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How Do I Achieve.... Tips on making bread



A thin golden brown glossy crust:

Steam will help you there. Place a cake tin on the base of your oven and heat it for 5 minutes before carefully pouring hot water into it to create steam.

A soft topping:

Brush first with oil and then egg wash turns the crust a beautiful golden and soft.

 A rustic artisan look:

A dusting of flour and semolina with give that look

 The best slash:

Use a very sharp knife and lightly slash 20 minutes before baking. Or I pinch with the tip of a scissors.

A good crust and oven spring:

Use a baking stone, it gives an even temperature and good oven spring – that is the final burst of rising after the bread in placed in the oven.

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