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When baking bread, what is a good substitute for egg wash?

I am baking bread for a friend who is vegan. Are there any substitutes for egg wash for a loaf of bread I'm making that would otherwise be vegan?

asked by clementinebakes about 2 years ago
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HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

Maybe you can leave off the wash and just dust with flour or wheat bran, oats or any seed. Brush the loaf with water to get the stuff to adhere to it.

added about 2 years ago

I'm responding on the premise you're looking for a crust glaze! Based on this, I would go with some combination of milk (nut milks/soy milk) and maple syrup or malt syrup (but I'm not vegan).

added about 2 years ago

Thanks, both of you! I know water is supposed to give a shiny crust when you make milk rolls, but I'm going to steam the oven anyway. I made Swedish Limpa last week and the crust glaze for that was molasses- so tasty! Thanks for the suggestions.


June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 2 years ago

If you wanted a tasteless glaze, you could make a simple syrup with organic vegan sugar and water.

added about 2 years ago

Another good option is some cornstarch mixed with water. Not thick like a slurry used to thicken sauces, you want it fairly thin.

added about 2 years ago

Thanks! You guys are awesome.

added about 2 years ago

I like the corn starch and water wash - used often on rye bread. I also like brushing Ina little cream, depending on the type of bread or rolls being made.