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Jun 26, 2009 01:11 PM

Alternative to egg wash for challah?

Hello everyone!

I'm baking challah today and was wondering if there are any alternatives to using an egg wash on the challah? I've used plain water in the past but it doesn't produce a shine. I thought about corn syrup but I haven't tried it. Anyone have any ideas that will produce a shine and still allow my sesame seeds to stick, minus the egg?


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  1. Is there a particular reason you don't want to use an eggwash?

    1. A scone recipe we use calls for milk wash but we're vegan so we use almond mylk. I've never made challah, but it might work for that, too.

      1. This is what you can use on bread. I don't see why it would work on Challah.
        1/4 cup water
        1 tsp cornstarch

        Boil until clear and brush on the dough.

        1. Either milk, soy milk, water or other suitable liquid mixed with a bit of corn starch and thickened into a very light syrup should hold your sesame seeds well enough. Melted butter will work too, but I think not as well.