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To Steam Or Not To Steam

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KMIAA

To Steam Or Not To Steam

I'm in the process of make the Pane alla Cioccolata bread from the Italian Baker.  I've never made this before, and am wondering do I steam or not?  Hope I get an answer before it's time to bake.  If I don't hear then I think I'll steam.  Anyway, everyone have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday.

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mwilson

Steam at the begining of the bake is always a good thing. Most sweet breads aren't steamed however. Thats all I'm prepard to say!

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KMIAA

Since, I never made this before, I think I'll go with not steaming since it is a sweet bread.  Thanks so much for your quick reply.

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Chuck

I would have guessed that any bread with a significant crust needs steam. Assuming that all breads without a significant crust are sweet breads is a fairly reasonable first approximation.

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KMIAA

Normally I steam all my breads, but I never made this one before, so I am taking the chance of not steaming.  It's in the oven now, so will wait & see.

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linder

KMIAA

How did it go - did the bread work out OK?

Linda

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KMIAA

and it seemed to go okay.  Thanks for the input I received from everyone.