Tiger bread

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Tiger bread
A loaf of Tiger Bread from Sainsbury's (British supermarket).
Type Bread
Place of origin Netherlands
Main ingredients sesame oil, bread, Rice paste
Cookbook: Tiger bread  Media: Tiger bread

Tiger bread (also sold as Dutch crunch in the US and sometimes Giraffe bread in the United Kingdom) is the commercial name for a loaf of bread which has a mottled crust. It is popular in the San Francisco Bay Area and Port Talbot, South Wales.[1]


The bread is generally made with sesame oil, which gives it a distinct aroma, and with a pattern baked into the top made by painting rice paste onto the surface prior to baking.[2] 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.

Other names[edit]

The name originated in the Netherlands, where it is known as tijgerbrood or tijgerbol (translation: 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.[3]

In January 2012, the UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's announced, after a three-year-old girl wrote to the company to suggest it, that they would market the product under the name "giraffe bread".[4]


  1. ^ Jones, Carey. "California Eatin': Dutch Crunch in the Bay Area". Serious Eats. 
  2. ^ "Snap, crackle, crunch bread". Modern-baking.com. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Wegmans Product Page". 
  4. ^ "Tiger bread renamed giraffe bread by Sainsbury's". BBC News. 31 January 2012.