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.

  • 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. Feb 9, 2014 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. Feb 9, 2014 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 :) Feb 9, 2014 at 19:23

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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