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breadlovr

Dutch White Bread

I was born in Holland and grew up as a child eating white bread.  Sounds simple, but I have never tasted anything as good as that simple white bread here in the USA. I would love, love, love to get my hands on the recipe.  I will go through extreme lengths to get the right ingredients.  Here is a picture of the bread I am talking about.  The crust is sooo good, it has a slight burnt taste to it, I think that is what makes this bread taste so good.  The bread itself is soft, melt in your mouth, spongy white bread. Sorry, I get excited just thinking about this bread.  Any help in the right direction would be appreciated.

 

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Yerffej

Can you give any clues as to what the bread tastes like?  Was it a bakery item or a common item found in every store?  When was this,  5 years ago or 55 years ago?  Do they still have this bread available today?

Jeff

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All at Sea

... but would your delightful Dutch bread have anything in common with the Dutch Crunch Bread, mentioned on the site below? The crust seems to be a special feature in both cases - though whether it's the same recipe, I have no idea. Here, Krissy's Creations have shaped the dough into buns, of course - but just thought it might set you along the right path.

http://www.krissys-creations.com/2012/03/dutch-crunch-bread-daring-bakers.html

Edit: Ah - just found another site and recipe for Dutch Crunch Bread. Here they mention it is sometimes referred to as Tiger Bread, on account of the colourful effects of the crust topping. Tiger bread was a staple offering at our local bakery. Always wondered how they got the rich russet stripey effect on the crust ... well, thanks to you, now I know!

http://bakingbites.com/2006/09/cooking-school-dutch-crunch-bread/

All at Sea

breadlovr's picture
breadlovr

This bread tasted very much like dutch crunch, but that crust... that's the differenciator.  Back when I lived in Holland 30 years ago everybody bought their bread from bakeries.  This bread is still available today.  Why kill a classic that everybody loves.  A bakery called "Artesia Bakery" in Artesia, CA used to make this exact bread, and we loved it!!.. but they closed down.  They also made declicious cakes.  That's a whole other topic, but I prefer seeking out French bakeries they mimick dutch deserts and cakes the best.

 

 

 

 

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Yerffej

It is really hard to tell with little information but it is possible that this is dutch crunch bread without the unique dutch crunch topping.  It could also be a recipe very close to dutch crunch but not exactly the same.  Your picture  and description lead me to think that there is milk, sugar,  and possibly butter or oil  in the recipe.  There are endless possible variations on bread of this type.  TFL member "Freerk" (he is in Amsterdam) is the one who would likely know the answer and have a recipe for you.  Try using the message function to send him a question about the bread.  Good Luck.

Jeff

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dolfs

This white bread does not taste like Dutch crunch (which is called "tijgerbrood," or tiger bread, in Holland). Not like the crust and not like the crumb. For those of you that wonder: it is nothing like wonder bread!

They key is milk instead of water. The common variation is called "melkwit" (milk white) and you can find recipes for it online. As always with bread, the recipes are all (small) variations, so your mileage may vary.

You may have to use google translate if you do not speak Dutch. Here are a couple. (Disclaimer: I have never made these).