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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!

Let's go for this month's challenge, it is “Dutch Crunch bread ". Technically, 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. 

The name originated in the Netherlands, where it is known as Tijgerbrood or tijgerbol (translation: tiger roll) where it has been sold at least since the early 1970s.  In the USA, it is generally sold as "Dutch crunch". Though recently, some stores began to sell it as "Dutch crust". In the United States it is also sometimes known as dragonette bread.  This bread is  a common option at sandwich shops all over the Bay Area and is often one of the first breads to run out.


What is Dutch Crunch Topping/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. [1] The paste dries and cracks during the baking process. The rice paste crust also gives the bread a distinctive flavor. It has a crusty exterior, but is soft inside. Typically, tiger bread is made as a white bread bloomer loaf or bread roll, but the technique can be applied to any shape of bread.

Therefore, the heart of this challenge is the topping.  Once we have our final loaves, it is required to use our bread to construct a sandwich of our choice!

I was very happy to see the cracked top, beautiful appearance and finish of the Bread.  Don't they look beautiful ???? More than the tiger it looks like a Leopard right :) The crispy crust and soft inside is sure a perfect one for making sandwiches.  

Soft White Roll

Servings: 6 sandwich rolls


Active dry yeast - 1 tbsp (1 packet)
Warm water - ¼ cup (105-110º F) (41-43°C) (No need to use a thermometer – it should feel between lukewarm and hot to the touch).
Warm milk - 1 cup (240 ml) (105-110º F) (41-43°C)
Sugar - 1½ tbsp
Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp (plus additional olive or vegetable oil for greasing bowl during rising)
Salt - 1½ tsp
All purpose flour - Up to 4 cups (I needed only 3 cups)


1. In the bowl of an electric mixer or large mixing bowl, combine yeast, water, milk and sugar. Stir to dissolve and let sit for about 5 minutes (The mixture should start to bubble or foam a bit and smell yeasty).
2. Add in vegetable oil, salt and 2 cups of flour. Using the dough hook attachment or a wooden spoon, mix at medium speed until the dough comes together.
3. Add remaining flour a quarter cup at time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  (I needed 3/4 cup extra flour)
4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 4 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
5. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled (or more) in size.
6. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 6 equal portions (if you’d like to make rolls) or 2 equal portions (if you’d like to make a loaf) (using a sharp knife or a dough scraper works well). Shape each into a ball or loaf and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet (try not to handle the dough too much at this point).
7. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 15 minutes while you prepare the topping.
8. Coat the top of each roll or loaf with the topping as described above. While the original recipe recommends letting them stand for 20 minutes after applying the topping, I got better results by putting them directly into the oven.
9. Once you’ve applied the topping, bake in a preheated moderately hot 380ºF/190°C/gas mark 5 for 25-30 minutes, until well browned. Let cool completely on a wire rack before eating.

Dutch Crunch Topping

Serving: Topping for 6 Soft white rolls


Active dry yeast - 1 tbsp (1 packet)
Warm water   - 1/2 cup (105-115º F) (41-46°C)
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Vegetable oil - 1 tbsp (I used 1/2 vegetable oil and 1/2 Sesame oil)
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Rice flour - 3/4 cup (white or brown; NOT sweet or glutinous rice flour) 


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a whisk; beat hard to combine. The consistency should be like stiff royal icing – spreadable, but not too runny. If you pull some up with your whisk, as shown below, it should drip off slowly. Add more water or rice flour as necessary. Let stand 15 minutes.
2. Coat the top of each loaf or roll with a thick layer of topping. We tried coating it with a brush but it worked better just to use fingers or a spoon and kind of spread it around. You should err on the side of applying too much topping – a thin layer will not crack properly.
3. Let stand, uncovered, for any additional time your recipe recommends. With the Soft White Roll, you can place the rolls directly into the oven after applying the topping. With the Brown Rice Bread, the loaves should stand for 20 minutes with the topping before baking.
4. When baking, place pans on a rack in the center of the oven and bake your bread as you ordinarily would. The
Dutch Crunch topping should crack and turn a nice golden-brown color.


Serving  - for 3 sandwich

Ingredients :

Mint chutney or Basil Pesto refer the recipe here and here 
(You can use any kind of fresh green pesto, coriander or Mint chutney for spreading)
 Potato - 2 (Boiled and sliced)
Egg - 3 (Boiled and sliced)
Lettuce - 6 leaves
Cucumber - 2 (sliced)
Mayonnaise - 1 1/2 tbsp
Ketchup - 1 tbsp (Absolutely optional)


Assembling :

1. Cut the sandwich rolls to half horizontally.
2. If you want to toast in the pan you can toast them.
3. Apply the chutney or pesto to bottom bread.
4. Arrange the above ingredients in layers.
5. Spread the Mayonnaise and ketchup in the upper bread.
6. Close the sandwich and have a big Bite :) 

Enjoy Baking and eating the fresh crunchy bread !!!

Charu Srivastava  – (March 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM)  

awesome...its a visual treat...luks divinely it to my event teatime

Princy Vinoth  – (March 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM)  

Beautiful tiger bread and sandwiches!i can have breads all day long!

Spice up the Curry  – (March 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM)  

wow. such a beautiful bread. I can't take off my eyes from the pics. absolutely wow

Nandita SS  – (March 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM)  

I had never known about this bread. Looks amazing. I am bookmarking this :)

Biren  – (March 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM)  

The crust looks awesome! I will have to give it a try. Your sandwich looks very tasty too!

Aarthi  – (March 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM)  

wow..this bread looks amazing

Finla  – (March 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM)  

They look absloutly beautiful and delicious.

Hari Chandana P  – (March 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM)  

Wowwww... looks amazing .. thanks for sharing dear :)
Indian Cuisine

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen  – (March 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM)  

Looks great!!! Lovely Crust on top!! got to try mine this weekend!!!

Unknown  – (March 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM)  

Looks great....sounds interesting and beautiful clicks

Jenni  – (March 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM)  

Great job on your Dutch Crunch! Your sandwiches look amazing, and stellar photography!!! :)

Unknown  – (March 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM) has come out very beautifully pavi :))))) Awesome job again :)

Square Meals  – (March 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM)  

The tiger bread looks gorgeous.

Aparna from Square Meals

Anonymous –   – (March 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM)  

Your sandwiches look so delicious! great work

chef_d  – (March 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM)  

Your breads look perfect! I'm sure the sandwich is delicious, great job and beautiful pictures!

Unknown  – (March 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM)  

OMG! OMG! OMG!.....this is awesome words to describe...beautiful plate of food....awesome clicks...luv it!

Renata  – (March 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM)  

Wow, Pavithra! such wonderful looking tigers! Your photography is stunning! As always, a job very well done! I'm impressed!

chef and her kitchen  – (March 27, 2012 at 9:20 PM)  

That bread with that crispy cracky crust...superbb is just a word my dear...the sandwich looks perfect n kudos for that beautiful bread

Indian Khana  – (March 27, 2012 at 9:51 PM)  

Looks so fab...yummy sandwich....

Todd M  – (March 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM)  

The topping looks terrific - such a beautiful pattern. The sandwich looks great too - sounds like a nice spring sandwich.

Umm Mymoonah  – (March 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM)  

Wow! Your topping has turned out perfect and I loved that sandwich too.

Anonymous –   – (March 28, 2012 at 3:08 AM)  

I've seen a lot of Dutch Crunch bread posts but yours honestly looks the best - am seriously impressed! Love the look of that sandwich too :-)

Nithya  – (March 28, 2012 at 4:40 AM)  

Looks really wild and nice :)

Katerina  – (March 28, 2012 at 4:46 AM)  

They look extremely crusty and crunchy! Just the way I want them! And the sandwich is divine!

Unknown  – (March 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM)  

Awesome.. I wud like to have a bite of burger.. Wonderfully baked.

MyFudo™  – (March 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM)  

The beauty is in its cracks...Love this post!

B  – (March 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM)  

This bread is gorgeous! Never heard of it before and now I have to have it!

Anonymous –   – (March 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM)  

These are very pretty!! You did an amazing job. They really look like the tiger's "skin". I love it!!

Sara Clark  – (March 28, 2012 at 1:03 PM)  

So pretty! Your bread is just stunning. And mint chutney on a sandwich? That sounds divine. Thanks for joining us this month!!

Tummy Delites  – (March 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM)  

Have never heard about it before...but seeing urs...U did a superb job!!....Congrats..!!

geetha  – (April 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM)  

wonderful job, the wild ones looks surprisingly tempting for sure..

Archana  – (April 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM)  

Lot of tigets around. Looks yummy.

Priya Suresh  – (April 3, 2012 at 3:31 AM)  

Those buns looks super soft,prefect and super cute Pavi.

Anonymous –   – (May 23, 2015 at 2:56 PM)  

magnifique !!!
bravo !!

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