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 Post subject: Egg Wash Substitute?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:27 am 
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Has anyone come across anything that acts as an egg wash? In other words, something that I can brush on pastries or home-made bagels to create that brown and sheen?


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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:06 am 
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I don't do much baking, but I believe I heard of ground flax w/ water being used as an egg wash before.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:21 pm 
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bagels will sheen on their own, due to boiling then baking (at least mine did the one time I made them!).

I've seen soy milk suggested for a wash on other things. Sometimes I put on water with a couple of drops of soy sauce on things like sausage rolls. It's not so shiny, but it tamps down the flour and looks appetising enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:29 pm 
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I've used soy milk in place of a wash to make things stick to other things - like sesame seeds on a roll. I'm not sure that it added a glossy sheen though.


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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
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i have a rye bread recipe that calls for a boiled cornstarch-and-water solution to be brushed on.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:30 pm 
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Thanks for the tips! I'll give them a shot!


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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:11 pm 
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Dropscone is right about the bagels--I usually just boil them in water with a bit of baking soda and once they bake up, they have that sheen to them.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
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yeah, a baking soda & water mixture brushed on before baking should give you that sheen. some types of pretzels use lye, but baking soda is much easier to get, not to mention safer to use.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
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I believe coffee can be used.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:22 pm 
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Baking soda and water has always worked for me to get things browned, though not necessarily shiny


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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
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I've used corn starch mixed with water before and it works pretty well!

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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
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i use coffee. with bread i just brush right before they go into the oven, and then about 15 mins into baking. it comes out shiny and delicious.


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 Post subject: Re: Egg Wash Substitute?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:55 am 
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I use a combination of soymilk, earth balance and baking soda.

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