If you wanted a SOFTER outer crust do NOT do the egg wash before baking. INSTEAD you should BASTE THE TOPS WITH JUST MILK for a "milk crust" just before baking -- it's a SOFT crust like store-bought bread crust. The egg wash gives it a shiny gloss... Egg white more just gloss, with the yolk it'll be a more yellowy gloss. You can tailor make the type of crust you want. If you put a pan of water, or ice cubes in the bottom of the oven it will steam them and they will be very chewy crusts, like French bread.
Personally, I'm going to try it with a whole egg wash sprinkled with pre-toasted sesame seeds. Mmmmmmmm, good! ;-)
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If you wanted a SOFTER outer crust do NOT do the egg wash before baking. INSTEAD you should...