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.