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My son is infatuated with the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and there's a delicious looking bread shown in a breakfast scene. It looks like a giant popover about the size of Dick Van Dyke's head (see below.) What is it?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang bread

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It's probably a Cottage Loaf. It used to be common in England when there were independent bakeries. It's not seen so much now.

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The movie does take place in England, and it looks a lot like the image in the Wikipedia page. However, the Wikipedia page also links to the brioche page, which looks even more like the movie bread to me. –  Jeff Axelrod Feb 9 at 19:06
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Brioche wouldn't have been common among the working classes of England in the era in which the film is set. To me the version in the film looks like a less crusty white loaf. –  David Marshall Feb 9 at 19:15
    
I agree it seems like it would have been an anachronism if it were really brioche. All I know is that I want to cut into it and eat it :) –  Jeff Axelrod Feb 9 at 19:23
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Yes it is a cottage loaf which was a crusty bread with a fluffy interior.

It was very popular in bakery's in England & was indeed a tasty and impressive loaf, since the rise of the evil supermarkets such loaves are a rare sight. Probably they are put off by the strange shape, preferring rectangle loaves's which are easier to cut & store.

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