Baking| Lions,Tigers … oh my! Going Dutch Crunch Bread or Tijgerbrood with Daring Bakers

“Bread is the king of the table and all else is merely the court that surrounds the king. The countries are the soup, the meat, the vegetables, the salad… but bread is king.”
Louis Bromfield

Dutch Crunch Bread | TijgerbroodI have never seen a bread prettier than this one and I have never been so elated baking bread, something I do quite often. This month Daring Bakers led us straight into the wild, ,or rather the wild side of bread baking. The challenge was to bake Dutch Crunch Bread or Tijgerbrood. I was exhilarated when mine began to crackle, roar and ‘tiger up’ in the oven.Dutch Crunch Bread

Sara and Erica of Baking JDs were our March 2012 Daring Baker hostesses! Sara & Erica challenged us to make Dutch Crunch bread, a delicious sandwich bread with a unique, crunchy topping. Sara and Erica also challenged us to create a one of a kind sandwich with our bread!

Dutch Crunch Bread or TijgerbroodTechnically, Dutch Crunch doesn’t refer to the type of bread, but rather the topping that is spread over the bread before baking. In Dutch it’s called Tijgerbrood or “tiger bread” after the tiger-like shell on the bread when it comes out of the oven. The final product has a delightful sweet crunch to it that makes it perfect for a sandwich roll. Dutch Crunch Bread or TijgerbroodThis recipe for the Dutch Crunch topping came from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Bread Bible; an adaptation of a recipe found on Baking Bites. The bread is a common option at sandwich shops all over the Bay Area and is often one of the first breads to run out. Dutch Crunch Bread or TijgerbroodThis has to be the prettiest bread I have ever made; one of the most satisfying too. Quite a show stopper. If ‘we first eat with our eyes‘ holds meaning for you, make this bread. You can taste it before you even bite into it! Something that looks this pretty and exciting MUST taste good!Dutch Crunch Bread or Tijgerbrood

Tiger bread (also sold as Dutch crunch in the USA, tijgerbrood or tijgerbol in Netherlands) is the commercial name for a loaf of bread which has a unique mottled crust. The bread is generally made with sesame oil and with a pattern baked into the top made by painting rice paste onto the surface prior to baking. The paste dries and cracks during the baking process. The rice paste crust also gives the bread a distinctive flavour. It has a crusty exterior, but is soft inside.Dutch Crunch Bread or TijgerbroodOn 31 January 2012, the UK grocery chain Sainsbury’s renamed the product “giraffe bread” after a letter written by a three-year-old named Lily Robinson, suggesting the alternative name, went viral. Sainsbury’s stated that “In response to overwhelming customer feedback that our tiger bread has more resemblance to a giraffe, from today we will be changing our tiger bread to giraffe bread”.

 Dutch Crunch Bread or TijgerbroodIt was certainly a charming end result. I waited with baited breath to see if I managed to get animal prints on my bread; lady luck was with me. The characteristic cracks showed up soon, and then the crust got coloured to perfection. Things like this define the joy of being a Daring Baker. Each month throws up a promising challenge, one that I await with eagerness, almost an impatience.Dutch Crunch Bread or Tijgerbrood The challenge really had me intrigued, unsure and a bit rattled too after reading much discussion on the forum. I made a meal of it pretty early in the month, around Holi, the Indian festival of colour. That might explain why the ‘now threatening to be quite terrible teen‘ looks so colourful, and the pooch happy as always! {The colours’ off now … }HoliThe second part of the challenge was to use it in a sandwich. For the filling I did chicken paillards marinated in a chimichurri sauce, a sauce which is believed to have originated in Argentina. My sis from Houston recently got me a bag of dried chimichurri which I used. Its a great tasting marinade. Dutch Crunch Bread or TijgerbroodIn the sandwich also went some quick pickled cucumbers that I made the night before, and some fresh iceberg from my little garden. On the side was a colourful fresh salad – cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, ground cherries, white grapes, lettuce and spring onions {whatever I found in the fridge basically}, tossed in a light fruity vinaigrette.

Thank you Sara and Erica of Baking JDs for a breathtaking challenge. Thank you and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice for hosting this fab kitchen!! Do stop by here to see the other bakers prowl the jungle!

 

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  1. Wowo they look so perfect and super beautiful grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr you are activating the tiger in me ;-) I was too lazy to make them and now i wish I did them lazy or not.

  2. Nora Lumiere says:

    This looks beautiful and delicious. But shouldn’t it be “Leopard Bread”, since it’s leopards that have spots and tigers that have stripes?

  3. Those rolls look amazing! I really like their crust. Perfect for making burgers.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. This is such an interesting recipe, a new challenge for me, since I love baking with yeast and making all kinds of dough. These buns look beautiful!

  5. I learn about soooooooooo many new bakes or dishes from your site; stuff I’ve never seen or heard of before. Seriously!
    These giraffe / tiger breads look amazing.

    *raising hand* can i write a letter saying they look like cheetah bread? haha! :P

  6. What nice Deeba!! this bread look amazing!!

  7. Wow…the bread looks so amazing! I can’t take my eyes away from it. Love the tiger pattern and its colors, I know right away I have to make this. I’ve been making various kind of bread but never seen anything like this before! Thanks for sharing Deeba!

  8. What a gorgeous bread whatever it’s called.

  9. What a beautiful looking bread. Love those sandwiches!

  10. Deeba these are such a treat to the eyes! The cracks are so neat and I can imagine how crunchy it would be.

  11. wow!! These look amazing!! But I am never going to try it at home :-p The first ingredient, yeast, scared me off the recipe :D

    Awesome awesome bread though…

    Hugs,
    Smita

  12. this is definitely a pretty looking bread!!

    btw, I sent you an enquiry via mail!!

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in/

  13. Really pretty pictures..

  14. Beautifully done challenge Deeba!!! I have yet to make these and hope I could able to make these atleat this weekend….

  15. what beautiful buns (sic) babe! look perfectly feline!

  16. I sat by the oven waiting for mine to crack just like I wait for mac feet. Your bread is gorgeous! It looks like you achieved sandwich perfection.

  17. Beautiful job as always! Your Dutch Crunch is truly stunning! :)

  18. Eating with my eyes is the only option right now! Love that burger…I wish I could just drop by have it :)

  19. Great job-love all the photos!

  20. I had never heard of this bread! They look so gorgeous! They sound tasty too…

  21. I love coming to your blog so I can feast my eyes on your beautiful photos. Great work as always. Best, Sandie

  22. Your crunch topping looks great!

  23. Love its tiger look but I don’t think we can find dutch crunch topping in Malaysia.
    Can we change it to other kind of topping?

  24. Spectacular bread with the neat crunches. It would have been a wholesome lunch to have. I love the broken crust, no wonder it’s called giraffe bread now.

  25. Your pictures are just breathtaking, and you clearly mastered the challenge. Thanks for joining us this month!

  26. Donna says:

    I want to attempt this gorgeous bread in bun-form for sandwiches…but I wonder if you might tell me about the vital yeast ingredient? Is this something I could find in Europe (France)…I can find fresh and dry yeast…is this different? Thank you for any enlightenment. Your blog is so well crafted..and I enjoy each and every post you so generously share!

  27. Your Dutch Crunch rolls look stunning and that sandwich sounds so fresh and delicious. As always, impressive and inspiring work, beautiful photos and a great post.

  28. Wow, your bread is just beautiful…as are all the cucumbers and tomatoes. YuM!

  29. Stunning rolls and stunning photos! Really well done!

  30. Beautiful bread, and GORGEOUS pictures! I love the contrast between the animal print bread and that tomato salad. yum!

  31. Oh… what can I say, Deeba… your Tiger bread is beyond words! When I was having a hard time trying to find a substitute for the rice flour I was unable to find in Korea, I saw your wonderful bread at the forum… so inspiring! You got such a perfect pattern, and perfectly browned as well. Bravo to you!

  32. As always your pictures are breath taking
    I love the bread but can’t get over how colorful and bright the salad is
    you did a brilliant job on this challenge

  33. I wonder how they developed that topping. It is so unusual. I have been a bread baker for 30 years and never came across anything like it. The bread looks marvelous!

  34. What a good looking bread, it’s true that beautiful food tastes even better doesn’t it?

  35. Wow! Your tiger bread is just perfect :-)

  36. Deeba these are just PERFECT.

  37. Dear Deeba, your images are simply mouthwatering! The colours are stunning! And the recipe sounds so delicious ~ I’m definitely going to make this (I also have Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Bread Bible, but might not have tried this bread for a very long time until I saw your delicious images! How sweet that Sainsbury’s have decided to rename their Tiger bread to Giraffe bread after the little boy’s message :-) I agree, it looks more like a giraffe’s pattern!

    Thanks again for your delicious inspiration and writing, Deeba!

    Hugs from Montreal,

    ~ marie

  38. I love that bread! I’ve never tried making it at home though. Will have to give it a try!

  39. Wow, these look so pretty. I’m adding this recipe to my bread to bake list. This list is getting longer and longer and every time I cross out an item my waistline is getting bigger and bigger ;-)

  40. Your bread, by the way, looks incredible!

  41. I made these yesterday and they turned out picture perfect! Thanks for sharing Deeba

    • How nice Rekha. Your email reminded me of maybe missing out on a really old mail you sent me. Did I not get back to you? My apologies, but I have been very occupied of late.

  42. Preet says:

    Hi Deeba

    Made these and when the topping got browned- i took the buns out of the oven. However the buns were not fully baked in the center. Also the topping did not look as good as yours. Thinking that I might have gone wrong in some measurements etc, I tried them again today, and still no luck.

    I wonder what i could be doing wrong?
    Preet

  43. Thank you for the recipe. Today I made these rolls and it was very delicious.

  44. OMG i just looked up some dutch recipes and found this amazing and delightful post. THe pictures let melt the water in my mouth and let me think of just preparing some salad with this little bread or make some sandwiches/burgers like you did. Anyways i know i will fail, maybe you have to make me some of those Tijgerbrood, because im not master in baking xD Thanks for this post mate! PS. Your pictures are really good!

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