Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hellooo Tiger! (Dutch Crunch Bread)

My Husband once was invited to attend a seminar given by one of those motivational speakers; I think it was back in the early nineties, the corporate world all of a sudden turned from strictly business to personal coaching. Maybe they still do or return to it; wouldn't surprise me with the crises we're heading towards.
The seminar was all about changes, improving yourself, break throughs and taking matters in your own hand. Gosh now I think of it I might need some of that myself right now! Anyway he came home with his mind full of what he learned that day, a signed copy of the book and some stickers. Stickers to put up on the mirror in the bathroom. To be looked at first thing in the morning and make yourself ready for the day ahead.
The sticker said:

"Hello Tiger!"

Which you had to repeat out loud with a positive mind and convincing voice. Three times. Every morning. To the mirror.

The sticker was never put up. Never had the opportunity to hear my husband talk to the mirror. I have to confess I talk to myself. However the way I talk to myself in the mirror won't get approval from motivational speakers...
I bake bread instead. Tiger bread** maybe you recognize it as Dutch crunch. I used an 80% whole wheat-rye dough to apply the tiger topping but any bread dough will do.

Tiger Topping formula:

100% rice flour
2% salt
5% sugar
400% boiling water
2% yeast
[5% vegetable oil]

Translates to:
100 gr rice flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp yeast
400 gr boiling water
[1 tsp oil]

Mix everything to a paste, adding the boiling water while stirring vigourously (you don't want clumps like I had) and let cool to luke warm. Right before you're ready to apply, mix in the oil. Spread your shaped but not risen bread with the paste, using your fingers or a brush. It will look and feel like wall paper glue, thick and white opaque.

Cover your shaped loaves and let rest for their second rise and bake off as usual. Depending on how thick you layer it on your bread will get stark or less defined crunchy spots.

"You can't change the way the wind blows, but you can set your sails accordingly!"

** Disclaimer: I know tigers are striped not spotted, technically this is a leopard bread. I know that.
I'd like to enter this bread for a Yeast spotting (get it? spot, spot! hee hee), over at Susan's Wild Yeast.


  1. I can say it as many times as I like:
    You are brilliant! This is really fun!
    Striped or spot, you have spotted the stripes!

  2. Wow, authentic Dutch Crunch! :) That is in fact how we always see it called around here. Yours looks much better than those. What a spectacular finish to a loaf.

  3. Yum, tijgerbrood! Haven't had that for ages and didn't think it was so easy to make at home. Might give it a try if I have time, or I can just wait until I go home for xmas and raid the local bakery :)

  4. I likey what I see!!! Hope to try it out soon - I don't suppose u have that 80% whole wheat rye dough recipe handy??? I'm a newbiew to bread baking, tks

  5. What a beautiful and unusual bread! Fantastic!



  6. Schitterend verhaal over "Tiger" en wat een goed idee om eens een tijgerbrood te maken. :-) Bedankt!

  7. This bread looks beautiful. We love this and when I make mine, it looks like leopard bread too.:)

  8. Tanna's right, you are funny!

    I talk to myself too and I don't think a motivational coach would be overly impressed with what I say...

  9. Maarre.... wat is de functie van de gist dan nog? Want als je hem kokend heet water over zijn knar giet, istie dood. Toch?

  10. I'm trying this today. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

  11. Excuse me for commenting so late on this.

    Hahaha!! I love the idea of a "Hello Tiger!" sticker on the mirror. In fact I'm going to have several made so we can see "Hello Tiger!" stickers in every room (I'll stick them onto glass fronted pictures if there are no mirrors.)

    And I'm really starting to come around to liking the idea of making a Dutch crunch covering for our next loaf of sandwich bread.

    1. wonderful! thank you for the recipe; I'lle try it this week-end.


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