Tiger bread

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Tiger bread
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Type Bread
Place of originNetherlands
Main ingredients bread, Rice paste

Tiger bread (Dutch: Tijgerbrood), also known as Dutch crunch and under various brandnames, is a bread of Dutch origin that has a mottled crust.



The bread is generally made with a pattern baked onto the top made by painting rice paste onto the surface prior to baking. [1] [2] [3] The rice paste that imparts the bread's characteristic flavour dries and cracks during the baking process. The bread itself has a crusty exterior, but is soft inside. Typically, tiger bread is made as a white bread bloomer loaf or bread roll, but the technique can be applied to any shape of bread.

Other names

The name originated in the Netherlands, where it is known as tijgerbrood [4] or tijgerbol (tiger roll), and where it has been sold at least since the early 1970s.[ citation needed ] The US supermarket chain Wegmans sells it as "Marco Polo" bread. [5] In the San Francisco Bay Area it is called Dutch Crunch. [6]

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A tiger bread loaf

In January 2012, the UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's announced that it would market the product under the name "giraffe bread", after a three-year-old girl's parents wrote to the company to suggest it. [2]

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