Baking Bread: tiger bread from the Netherlands


The Dutch tiger bread has a special ingredient: hemp oil. Why tiger bread should be called giraffe bread and what it has to do with the EU, the white Georg Matthes, EU-correspondent of the DW.

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Georg Matthes bakes Dutch tiger bread











Georg Matthes bakes Dutch tiger bread

In the Multimedia series “Baking Bread” bakes European correspondent Georg Matthes 28 loaves of bread from 28 countries of the EU and decorates his baking instructions with typical anecdotes. This time: the Dutch tiger bread.



  • 600 g wheat flour, type 550
  • 280 ml of water
  • 100 ml of milk
  • 10 g salt
  • 0.8 g of fresh yeast
  • 50 g of peeled hemp seeds
  • 10 g soft Butter

Tiger paste:

  • 10g fresh yeast
  • 70 ml lukewarm water
  • 70 g of rice flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Of Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 1 Pinch Of Salt


  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil for the bowl
  • a large roasting pan


And the tiger bread is made, the Dutch bread with a crisp crust:

  1. The fresh yeast dissolve in the water, then all of the dough ingredients and by Hand mix in.
  2. In a bowl lightly oiled and the dough is around 24 hours. Cover with a lid before drying out protect.
  3. The “No-Knead” dough is not kneaded, but must be folded 2 Times. For the first Time after about 8 hours. The dough of the four sides into the middle fold.
  4. After the resting period, the dough is “longitudinal”. The dough first of all the pages in the center fold and then with the seam-side down turn. To pull with both hands on a non-tapas, such as a surface, until the dough surface is nice and tight.
  5. The dough on parchment paper and 50 minutes under a kitchen cloth.
  6. 30 minutes before baking set the oven to 250 °C upper and lower heat, preheat the roasting pan already in the oven.
  7. Now the tiger is stirred paste. All of the ingredients for the Paste, mix thoroughly and leave under a kitchen towel.
  8. When the bread is gone, it is covered with the Paste. On the baking paper should, if possible, to land little of the Paste, with a brush to help out.
  9. The hot pot from the oven and the bread with the help of the baking paper carefully into the pot. Not the burn your fingers.
  10. The lid on the pot and the tiger bread to bake for 40 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the lid and set temperature to 190 °C lower.
  11. The tiger bread on a wire rack to cool and after one hour of incision. Don’t worry, it stays crispy!
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