|Place of origin||Netherlands|
|Main ingredients||bread, Rice paste|
Tiger bread (also sold as Dutch crunch or Giraffe bread) is the commercial name for a loaf of bread that has a mottled crust.
The bread is generally made with a pattern baked into the top made by painting rice paste onto the surface prior to baking.The paste dries and cracks during the baking process. The rice paste crust also gives the bread a distinctive flavour. It 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.
The name originated in the Netherlands, where it is known as tijgerbrood 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.
In January 2012, the UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's announced that they would market the product under the name "giraffe bread", after a three-year-old girl's hipster parents wrote to the company to suggest it.
In the San Francisco Bay Area it is called Dutch Crunch.
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