Tuesday, March 27, 2012

THE DARING BAKERS' MARCH 2012 CHALLENGE: Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my!

Sara and Erica of Baking JDs were our March 2012 Daring Baker hostesses! Sara & Erica challenged us to make Dutch Crunch bread, a delicious sandwich bread with a unique, crunchy topping. Sara and Erica also challenged us to create a one of a kind sandwich with our bread!
This is the first time I've heard of this so I am sure, I am not the only one who is wondering what exactly is Dutch Crunch? According to Sara and Erica: "Technically...doesn't refer to the type of bread, but rather to the topping that is spread over the bread before baking. In Dutch is called Tijgerbrood or "tiger bread" after the tiger-like shell when it comes out of the oven. The final product has a delightful sweet crunch to it that makes it perfect for a sandwich roll. It's a coomon option all over the Bay Area, and is often one of its breads to run out. "
Ooooh...okay tiger stripes like what our beloved cat Hipster has?
Dutch Crunch Topping

Servings: This recipe should make sufficient topping for two 9x5 loaves (23cmx13cm) or 12 rolls. If you make only 6 rolls in the first soft white roll recipe, you can cut the topping recipe in half.

We’ve provided this recipe first because it is the mandatory aspect of the challenge. Note, however, that you should not prepare the topping until the bread you’ve selected to bake is almost finished rising (~15 minutes from baking).

2 tablespoons (2 packets) (30 ml) (15 gm/½ oz) active dry yeast
1 cup (240 ml) warm water (105-115º F) (41-46°C)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) sugar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil
½ teaspoon (2½ ml) (3 gm) salt
1½ cups (360 ml) (240 gm/8½ oz) rice flour (white or brown; NOT sweet or glutinous rice flour) (increase by 1 cup or more for home-made rice flour)


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a whisk; beat hard to combine. The consistency should be like stiff royal icing – spreadable, but not too runny. If you pull some up with your whisk, as shown below, it should drip off slowly. Add more water or rice flour as necessary. Let stand 15 minutes.

2. Coat the top of each loaf or roll with a thick layer of topping. We tried coating it with a brush but it worked better just to use fingers or a spoon and kind of spread it around. You should err on the side of applying too much topping – a thin layer will not crack properly.
3. Let stand, uncovered, for any additional time your recipe recommends. With the Soft White Roll, you can place the rolls directly into the oven after applying the topping. With the Brown Rice Bread, the loaves should stand for 20 minutes with the topping before baking.
4. When baking, place pans on a rack in the center of the oven and bake your bread as you ordinarily would. The Dutch Crunch topping should crack and turn a nice golden-brown color.

Soft White Roll

Servings: Six sandwich rolls

1 tablespoon (1 packet) (15 ml) (7 gm/ ¼ oz) active dry yeast
¼ cup (60 ml) warm water (105-110º F) (41-43°C) (No need to use a thermometer – it should feel between lukewarm and hot to the touch).
1 cup (240 ml) warm milk (105-110º F) (41-43°C) (We’ve tried both nonfat and 2%, with no noticeable difference)
1½ tablespoons (22½ ml) (20 gm/ ⅔ oz) sugar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil (plus additional olive or vegetable oil for greasing bowl during rising)
1½ teaspoons (7½ ml) (9 gm/⅓ oz) salt
Up to 4 cups (960 ml) (600 gm/21oz) all purpose flour


1. In the bowl of an electric mixer or large mixing bowl, combine yeast, water, milk and sugar. Stir to dissolve and let sit for about 5 minutes (The mixture should start to bubble or foam a bit and smell yeasty).
2. Add in vegetable oil, salt and 2 cups of flour. Using the dough hook attachment or a wooden spoon, mix at medium speed until the dough comes together. (The photo to below is with the first 2 cups of flour added).

3. Add remaining flour a quarter cup at time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl (For us, this usually required an additional 1½ to 2 cups of flour).

4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 4 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

5. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled (or more) in size (see photo comparison).

6. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 6 equal portions (if you’d like to make rolls) or 2 equal portions (if you’d like to make a loaf) (using a sharp knife or a dough scraper works well). Shape each into a ball or loaf and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet (try not to handle the dough too much at this point).
7. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 15 minutes while you prepare the topping.
8. Coat the top of each roll or loaf with the topping as described above. While the original recipe recommends letting them stand for 20 minutes after applying the topping, I got better results by putting them directly into the oven.
9. Once you’ve applied the topping, bake in a preheated moderately hot 380ºF/190°C/gas mark 5 for 25-30 minutes, until well browned. Let cool completely on a wire rack before eating.

We had to make sandwiches out of our Dutch Crunch bread and the first that I made is this new-ish (at least for me), healthier egg salad made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise and organic, free-range hardboiled eggs. I spread pesto on the inside and topped it with the egg salad and alfalfa sprouts...
(Healthy and Yummy!!--perfect for breakfast)
The second one was made of roasted peppers and pumpkin, and feta cheese, this one is my favorite! I put it in the microwave for a minute to melt the cheese...so good!
Maybe it was the time in the oven but for some reason my Dutch Crunch didn't brown as much as the other Daring Bakers. But thank you Erica and Sara, this challenge was both fun and delicious!


Lisa said...

Beautiful Tiger Rolls! The sandwiches look so incredibly good. I love egg salad - and using yogurt and pesto sounds delicious, but I especially would love to try the roasted pepper, pumpkin, and feta! Fantastic job on the challenge, Dahlia!

Lucie said...

I like how tender top you have on your rolls... And filling, especially the second one sounds very yummy :-)

Jo said...

Wow, I actually love the fact that your topping didn't brown...looks totally unique. great photos too!

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Great looking bread and well done on the challenge. Sure this is yummilicious !!! Love the look of your bread and delicious sandwich.

mireia badia said...

My topping didn't brown either in the time the hosts said so I left it a little more but yours looks delicious and the sandwich too!!

Renata said...

I love the delicate pattern of your bread, and your sandwich looks delicious! Beautiful cat!

Not Quite Nigella said...

It looks fabulous! And your sandwich is a great idea too :D

Todd M said...

Amazing how different everyone's bread looks. Yours has a really nice pattern - and the sandwiches look great too.

EMS said...

Even though it didn't brown, you got a beautiful pattern on your bread. And your sandwiches look delicious! Love the cat name Hipster, by the way, and what a cutie.

Not Quite Nigella said...

Your tiger rolls look fantastic! And Hipster is adorable, what a sweet face :D

Bourbonnatrix said...

I love the look of your (albino) tiger buns! soooooo pretty! beautiful pics too!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

it looks amazing. I love the design of the bread on top and the egg and sprouts you added to it for breakfast is a genius idea!

Stitch1Peta said...

Your bread rolls look wonderful, the sandwich ideas have made me hungry

Suz said...

Your rolls are such a lovely shape! And they might not have browned as much, but the cracked pattern is really beautiful, so delicate. As for the fillings, I absolutely love the idea of pesto with the egg. Funnily enough, my other sandwich idea was roasted vegetables with a cheese too! And I had feta in the fridge. Looking at yours, I wish I'd made that as well now. Fantastic job!

p.s. I love that your cat is called Hipster!

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