I had never heard of Dutch Crunch Bread before. Apparently it is very popular as a sandwich roll in the San Francisco Bay area - I have been there are few times but have not run across this before. As you can probably guess from the name, this bread originated in the Netherlands where it is known as tijgerbrood or tijgerbol (Tiger Bread) because of its strange appearance. Well I love good bread and I love a good sandwich so I was all over this challenge.
The bread recipe was mostly a typical bread recipe until it came to the end. Before you stick it in the oven you mix up a rice batter - like a bread dough recipe but very thin - and spread it on the rolls. It is one of those recipes where you just have to wonder how someone ever came up with it. In the oven the rice batter cracks as it dries and gives the bread a very distinct look.
I can't say my bread looked as nice as some of the others doing the challenge but it still looked cool. Not sure if I would really call it a crunch but the topping does add a different texture and it also adds quite a bit of flavor to the bread as well. It is also kind of a messy bread to eat as the topping kind of crumbles as you eat it. I did enjoy it and will make sure to try to find some next time I am in San Francisco to see if what I made is anywhere close to the real thing.
The challenge was to make a unique sandwich with our bread. Not sure I really made anything unique. We are having such a beautiful early spring here in Minnesota so I just decided to grill up some chicken breast with Cajun spices and topped it with some avocado, tomato, and lettuce - not anything very original but it was delicious!
If you would like to try making Dutch Crunch Bread yourself check out the recipe titled "Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my" in the Daring Bakers Recipe Archive.