Tiger Bread

My boyfriend came home one day, all excited because he had remembered this special bread called Tijgerbrood (Tiger Bread). Actually, I think it was one of his colleagues who had asked him, if he knew something called a Dutch Crunch Bread. Which he didn’t, until it turned out that that was American for ‘Tiger Bread’. So the special bread was requested, and here’s how it turned out.

Basically, the bread base can be made with any kind of dough you want. The exciting part is that you then add a yeast risen paste in a thin layer on top. When this bakes, it gets crispy and crunchy. And it cracks, which is what makes it look vaguely like some animal print (although I wonder if ‘Giraffe Bread’ would not be more appropriate in that case).

Here’s how you make the Tiger Bread:

You’ll need:

Basic bread dough for two or three small loaves
-½ cup of warm water
– 1 tablespoon of yeast
– 2/3 cup of rice flour

2 tablespoons of sugar (or less)

¼ teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

1. Form loaves of your preferred dough, and set them to rise

2. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a bowl to make the topping. Make sure your bowl is big enough to allow the mixture to double.

3. Cover the bowl with cling film, and leave to rise until the bread loaves have finished rising.

4. Put a generous amount of topping onto each loaf, and gently spread it out onto the surface of the bread.


5. Bake the loaves using the time and temperature that you would normally bake this type of dough at and for.


6. Take the breads out of the oven and allow them to cool before you slice them.

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