Beautiful tiger patterns!
Another month passes us by which means it’s time for another Daring Baker’s challenge to be revealed! 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!
Only after looking at the photos provided by Sara and Erica did I realise that Dutch Crunch bread was another name for the infamous Tiger Bread that hit the bread aisle a few years ago! It’s become a firm favourite of mine ever since Gavin introduced it to me, not so much because of the deliciousness of the bread but more because of the pretty crust patterns!
Finding out that it was our challenge to replicate this gorgeous loaf got me excited as this bread hasn’t quite hit the Malaysian shores yet and I haven’t had my Tiger Loaf fix in months!. Sourcing for rice flour in Malaysia is hardly a problem with all ingredients at hand I set about to making my first Tiger bread!
In the recipe provided, we had the choice of making rolls or a loaf. Having never made rolls before, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making some. And having made some now, I am officially addicted! These rolls were perfect, soft and fluffy yet substantial enough (with filling) as main meal. Take note, this recipe is definitely a keeper!
The Dutch Crunch was a lovely addition but I don’t think I have properly mastered it yet. Firstly I added too much water to the topping mix which resulted in a very watery coating which spread all over the sides of the rolls. Secondly I also noticed that resting the Dutch Crunch topping resulted in a very powdery coating which left a funny taste in my mouth. I’ve tested it out and it seems that using the topping straight away prevents the powdery texture and taste from forming. I’m not sure if it’s something only I have come across but I would love to hear what you think!
For my second attempt, I made a loaf. It turned out to a mighty big one and this time it seems like I may have made the topping too thick and heavy as it weighed down the loaf during the baking process. Nevertheless it was delicious.
Also I never got around to photographing the second part of the challenge where we were meant to create a one of a kind sandwich with our bread. The remainder of the loaf was used in a bread pudding which was delicious!
These cracks look more like giraffe patterns rather than tiger patterns don't you think?