Dutch Crunch Rolls

"This recipe for the Dutch Crunch topping came from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Bread Bible; an adaptation of a recipe found on Baking Bites. Dutch Crunch Rolls are a San Francisco Treat. If you want large rolls make 6, not 8. The next time I make these I will turn them into sub rolls. Prep time includes the rise."
photo by Diana Adcock photo by Diana Adcock
photo by Diana Adcock
Ready In:
1hr 55mins




  • In the bowl of an electric mixer or large mixing bowl, combine yeast, milk and sugar.
  • Stir to dissolve and let sit for about 5 minutes (The mixture should start to bubble or foam a bit and smell yeasty).
  • Add in vegetable oil, salt and 2 cups of flour.
  • Mix at low speed until the dough comes together.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment and add remaining flour a quarter cup at time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (For me this was 1 1/4 cups flour.).
  • Knead for about 4 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it a few time more and shape it in to a ball.
  • Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled (or more) in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 8 equal portions (if you’d like to make rolls) or 2 equal portions (if you’d like to make a loaf) (using a sharp knife or a dough scraper works well).
  • Shape each into a ball or loaf and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet (try not to handle the dough too much at this point).
  • Cover with a clean towel and let rise for 15 minutes while you prepare the topping.
  • Coat the top of each roll or loaf with the topping (recipe below).
  • Let stand for 20 minutes after applying the topping.
  • The Topping.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a whisk; beat hard to combine.
  • The consistency should be like stiff royal icing – spreadable, but not too runny.
  • If you pull some up with your whisk it should look like soft peaks.
  • Add more water or rice flour as necessary. Let stand 15 minutes.
  • Coat the top of each loaf or roll with a thick layer of topping.
  • You should err on the side of applying too much topping – a thin layer will not crack properly.
  • Sprinkle on the optional salt if you wish-I did.
  • Let stand, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 375º oven for 25-30 minutes, until well browned. Let cool completely on a wire rack before eating.
  • The Dutch Cruch topping should crack and turn a nice golden-brown color.

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