Dutch Crunch (Tiger Bread)


In the Bay Area, dutch crunch is a staple. You can find it in grocery stores and delis, fresh from the bakery and it’s always readily available. Before I moved here though, I had never heard of this type of bread, let alone knew how to make it!

Dutch crunch is such a fun bread – it’s super soft on the inside, as it’s usually made with a soft white bread recipe, and then crunchy on top, which gives it great texture. The neat texture on top also gives the bread another name: tiger bread. I really like how this topping makes the patterns on top that really look like a tiger’s markings.

I found out this weekend that dutch crunch is really easy to make. As long as you have a few specific ingredients, it’s an easy way to make a normal loaf of bread more tasty and prettier!

Dutch Crunch Topping

Use this topping on any of your favorite basic white bread recipes. This can be applied to any size/shape loaf or rolls. This is for one large loaf, or a bunch of little rolls.

1 tbsp active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp oil
½ tsp salt
3/4 cup rice flour
Several drops of sesame oil (optional)

Step one, Mix:

Mix together all of the dutch crunch topping ingredients once your loaf/rolls have finished proofing and are ready to go in the oven.

Step two, Apply:

Apply a thick layer of the mix on top of the loaf.

Step three, Bake:

Bake according to the instructions in the recipe that you chose for the bread.

Step four, Consume:P3170005



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