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How to get your bread crust to be thin and crispy

There are many reasons to love home baked bread such as freshness and sense of satisfaction that comes from baking bread from scratch.  For many people like myself, there is nothing more wonderful than having freshly baked bread aroma and the crispy crunching of bread straight from the oven. This leads to the question of what tips can bakers use to ensure crispier and thinner crust bread?

If you want to bake bread with a crispy crust, here are some tips you can follow:

  1. Use a baking stone or steel: A baking stone or steel can help create a crispy crust by evenly distributing heat and absorbing moisture from the dough. Place the stone or steel in the oven before preheating, and then place the bread directly on it to bake.

  2. Create steam: Steam can help create a thin and crispy crust by delaying the formation of a hard crust, allowing the bread to expand more fully. To create steam, you can spritz the bread with water before baking or place a tray of water in the oven while baking.

  3. Use a high heat: Baking bread at a high temperature (around 450-500°F) can help create a crispy crust. Just be sure to monitor the bread closely to avoid over-browning.

  4. Use a longer fermentation: Allowing the dough to ferment for a longer period of time can create a more complex flavor and a crispy crust. This is because the longer fermentation allows enzymes to break down complex sugars in the dough, which can lead to a more caramelized and crispy crust.

  5. Slash the dough: Slashing the top of the dough before baking can help create a crispy crust by allowing steam to escape and preventing the bread from cracking during baking.

  6. Use less oil: If you are adding oil to your bread dough, consider reducing the amount or omitting it altogether. Oil can make the crust softer and less crispy.

  7. Let the bread cool before slicing: Allowing the bread to cool completely before slicing can help maintain the crispiness of the crust. Cutting into the bread while it's still warm can cause the crust to become soft and lose its crispiness.

By following these tips, you should be able to achieve a crispy bread crust that is both delicious and satisfying.

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