I make a sweet bread that uses yeast. I need to decorate it with lettering that can be baked and will not change color as the bread itself is egg washed prior to baking. I tried making a meringue but it cracks or spreads as the bread bakes.bakeries in Greece use a technique that I can't figure out that comes out perfect. Thoughts
To make the cross on a hot cross bun, you just mix a little water into some flour to make a paste and then pipe that on. It bakes well - perhaps you could try that?
this is an idea -- i've never tried it and the bread still expands in the oven so that's a strange concept to factor in but i have often piped/baked pate choux (cream puff dough) just onto parchment and i have lovely 3-d lettering/decor to apply -- it might work to pipe on before baking --
now trying to control the color too -- that's too much for my little brain -- except for coloring it after baking maybe?
and i'm Polish not Greek so...idk :)
but i just use the basic recipe of water, flour, butter, eggs, nothing fancy
oh one other thought is to cut the dough so it spreads out in that pattern? would be pretty difficult but if it's just a couple letters it might work?
and please update as to how you proceed & good luck with this -- lovely little project -- hey call a Greek bakery!
Have you tried searching for "painted bread?" I recall seeing a tutorial for that some time ago.
Here is what I mean:
I will try the flour thing! As for calling Greek bakeries they do not share trechniques, been there done that. I am enclosing a picture of what I mean. this particular one looks a bit grainy, no real tast to it
Here's some other ideas: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/32035/bread-fashion-show-bbd-56
Let us know which one you pick. It's been on my list of things to do, if I ever bake a decent loaf that is!
Maybe a thin dough letters on top attached with an egg wash before baking?