How to Make Bread Crusty

Written by nicole crawford
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The key to crusty bread is quite simple: lots of steam. Steam allows bread to expand to its maximum limit, decreasing the chances of a flat or tough crust. Introducing steam into a home oven is easy and produces great results.

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Things you need

  • 1-2 inch tall baking pan (9x13 works well)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Bread recipe and ingredients

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  1. 1

    Preheat oven to temperature specified by bread recipe.

  2. 2

    Place empty baking tray on the bottom rack of the oven as it preheats.

  3. 3

    Prepare your bread recipe as usual.

  4. 4

    Fill a measuring cup full of cold water when you are about to put the bread in the oven.

  5. 5

    Place bread in the oven, then immediately pour the cold water into the baking dish.

  6. 6

    Close the oven door, let bread bake, and voilà! Your crust should come out crispier than ever.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have a baking dish, you can try spraying some water into the oven instead.
  • Pouring the water into the baking dish will create quite a bit of steam, so exercise caution.

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