Chewy, Crunchy, and Delicious: Dutch Crunch Bread
It’s easy to get stuck in the same bread-baking routine, but why not explore something different and make a delightful Dutch Crunch Bread? Combining some of the best qualities of a hearty artisan loaf with a sweet and crispy twist, this bread offers a unique flavor and texture that will quickly become a favorite!
What is Dutch Crunch Bread?
This beloved delight is a traditional Dutch bread that typically has a crunchy topping on the outside, giving the bread its unique texture and appearance. It’s made with a combination of bread flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and warm water, resulting in an incredibly chewy, thick-crusted loaf.
The Unique Topping
The unique crunchy topping that sets this bread apart requires a few extra steps and some patience. The topping is a simple mix of rice flour, sugar, and yeast that is applied over the top of the dough before baking. The topping seeps into the dough as it bakes, creating the amazing crunchy texture that makes this bread so distinctive.
Baking the Perfect Loaf
Now that you know what goes into making Dutch Crunch Bread, it’s time to get baking! Here’s how to make this delicious bread in your own kitchen.
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup warm water
- ⅓ cup rice flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- In a large bowl, combine the bread flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Mix together until blended.
- Add the melted butter and warm water, stirring until the dough forms.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Put the dough into a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise for 1-2 hours in a warm place.
- Combine the rice flour, sugar, and yeast for the topping in a medium bowl. Slowly add the warm water and mix until a paste forms.
- When the dough has double in size, turn it out onto a floured work surface and roll into a loaf shape.
- Brush the paste over the top of the dough. Use your fingers to spread the paste evenly.
- Place the loaf onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise again for another 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the dough for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool before serving. Enjoy!
For the Crunchy Topping
Enjoy This Delicious Dutch Treat!
And there you have it! Dutch Crunch Bread is an easy and delicious treat that is sure to delight and impress. The chewy interior and crunchy topping make for an irresistibly indulgent experience. Give this unique treat a try, and see for yourself why Dutch Crunch Bread is loved the world over!