Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Daring Bakers: Dutch Crunch Bread Topping


Images lie, images lie all the time. Take, for example, a ten-minute French skit which my group and I filmed and played in front of the class in lieu of presenting live. Sure, it looks like we’ve memorized our during the shooting scene, but what they don’t know is that I was holding the script up for my fellow actor to read just outside of the frame.


Just this once, just this one time, one of my photos will deceive you too. Looking at the image of the loaf of bread I baked with Dutch Crunch Topping, one may assume that it browned beautifully all over and was delicious too boot. Total lie: the crunch topping was delicious, but the bread itself was somewhat of a failure. It stuck to the pan with no hope of removal in one piece and was deflated.


In hindsight, I should have used fresher yeast and probably should have put less topping on. A disappointment, but it was no matter because not twenty minutes later, Jenny dropped off a couple boxes of raisin bread which she’d made for me at our bread baking lessons (because I had been absent from that class). Beautiful, no doubt, but stale and hard as a rock.



Some things are just better left for decoration in the kitchen.

15 comments:

  1. I swear you produce the most gorgeous looking loaves of bread and baked everything! When are you going to open a bakery :)

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  2. That's ok... we always learn from mistakes... :) Your pictures are still lovely! Someday, when you get these perfect, we would love to get the recipes...:)

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  3. Haha, dang it! Even if they tasted like failures, they look like winners! Ah, the tricks of a camera! :)

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  4. I have a recipe I want to post that was a complete failure for me because I was too heavy handed on the salt but I just KNOW the recipe could be fantastic.

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  5. Your pictures definitely had me fooled! I was still excited seeing them fall apart though... a better excuse to use my hands! The top definitely look beautiful though, definitely worth another shot!

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  6. Oh I have my fair share of failures in my kitchen too! Not to worry, next time you will get them right. Practice makes perfect! I love the pictures though!

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  7. Oh, I'm sorry you had trouble with your bread. Don't get discouraged though. I'm sure it will be better the next time you make it.


    I love tijgerbroof (as it is called in Dutch). It was the first Dutch bread I ever tried and it's delicious!

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  8. Heh, the dutch crunch topping makes it look a bit like a loaf of tiger bread or whatever it's called :) To be honest, I always have terrible luck when baking bread in glass/pyrex dishes. I find it always sticks and never cooks properly. Metal tins, for the win!

    I've found, if you have some delicious bread buns which are stale, freeze them and then microwave them from frozen - eat them hot one by one and you'll get a passable snack. Of course, it's nowhere near as good as fresh and I certainly wouldn't want to make a point of letting my bread go stale for that reason, but it's still an ok way to "save" old buns/rolls.

    Charles @ FiveEuroFood.com

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  9. Your photos definitely don't look like you had any trouble. They look quite tasty!

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  10. Oh man! It's so sad that these were not as delicious as they looked! But at least your photos were pretty rockstar!

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  11. Your bread does look beautiful. So sorry it didn't work the way you would have liked.

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  12. awww, I'm so sorry they didn't turn out well. they do look gorgeous though. sometimes I'm disappointed when a very delicious dish I cooked looks too horrible to be shared, I guess it's hard to get the best of both worlds huh.

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  13. you definitely could've fooled me! it looks great!

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  14. You just hit my tummy all at the right spots! Beauty kyleen! Beauty!

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