Application of a shiny glaze on bakery products

The palatability of a backed product is enhanced by a glaze which gives a shine and reflects light. The application must be as even and complete as possible while restricted to the product itself . It should not smear the plate or mesh supporting it. Methods for an accurate dosage and application pattern exist.

Updated Jul 08, 2021 - 10 min Read


Core products

There is a very wide range of baked product which can be glazed : croissant, bun, bread …



The glazing ingredient may differ depending on the product but can be classified into main categories :


  • Light glaze provided by milk, milk protein, soy protein, egg
  • Medium glaze with a glucose syrup
  • Heavy glaze provided by:
    A sugar fondant
    Chocolate, in this case the operation refers as enrobing rather than just glazing


How does it work?

The coating operation consist in applying the glaze on the product while avoiding losses on the immediate surrounding:

The glaze must be prepared ant its preparation can be thoroughly different according:

  • Light glaze: dispersion or dilution of a protein-rich powder or of a concentrated slurry into a lighter suspension, the preparation must be kept cold to prevent microbial growth

  • Medium glaze: dilution and heating of a concentrated glucose syrup, the preparation must be kept hot to keep the viscosity low and allow the application

  • Sugar fondant: the preparation involves dispersion of fine sugar in a concentrated sugar solution, the preparation must be kept at constant temperature and agitation to maintain its physical properties – whiteness, viscosity and crunch – resulting from the balance between dissolved and finely crystallized sugar

  • Chocolate: the solid chocolate must undergo a complex operation called tempering: melting, cooling, partial re-melting, the preparation involves a complex system which ensures melting, agitation, circulation and temperature control before use. The operation may be semi-automatic or fully automatic and continuous.

Losses are recovered or cleaned.


Liquid application by brush or spray



Stabilisation by baking


Coating system

Different coating systems can be used:

  • Traditional brush
  • Spraying for accurate application of a low viscosity liquid
  • Curtain and recovery/recycling of excess in the case of the thick application of a viscous fluid


The difference between the systems lies in the engineering details designed to cope with constraints:

  • cooling/heating
  • recycling
  • hygiene
  • cleanability



Coating system

Accurate spray system


How do you measure your success?

Key quality features

If obviously first visual, the evaluation triggers multiple questions


After completion, the glaze must display a bright shine


The glaze must be evenly applied and should cover the desired surface, the side of the product being the most difficult


The stability shoud not be affected by further processing steps : cooling, freezing

Key quality parameters

The process displays critical factors to control

Ingredient composition

Type of glaze, water content

Physical characteristics

Viscosity and surface tension

Application precision

Dosage and application precision, resulting also in reduced consumption and improved hygiene