Made this dough using the exact recipe, opted to form into 15 rolls instead of one loaf, & did NOT use the optional egg wash. Nice flavor, but they would not brown (even though I sprayed with H2O 3X while baking). Texture was not as good as other similar recipes on this site (see Jo's Rosemary Bread, which has a much more authentic "Ciabatta-Tuscan" texture). With egg-wash it probably would have browned nicely, but you shouldn't HAVE to do this to make it visually appealing enough to eat. Served these with delicious Pasta Fagioli & a nice tossed salad, but no one touched them... I think it was because they did not brown. If you want moister bread (maybe for sandwiches) this is your recipe, but the egg wash should NOT be listed as optional if you want your bread to brown normally & look good.
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Made this dough using the exact recipe, opted to form into 15 rolls instead of one loaf, & did...