Tiger bread is famed for it's beautiful golden mottled crust and delicious scent. Tiger bread (sometimes known as giraffe bread) is adored by children and adults alike, this is great news because using Kingsmill 50/50 bread flour, you have the fibre of wholemeal but the great taste of white. It's also surprisingly easy to make.
Mix together the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a big bowl. Using your fingertips rub in the butter until only fine 'crumbs' are left. Mix in the water with a cutlery knife.
Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes (or use the dough hook attachment on your mixer).
Lightly grease the mixing bowl with some oil. Put the dough back in, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size.
Knock back the dough by gently kneading just 5 times to get the air out. Shape into a smooth oval and sit on a floured baking sheet
Cove the dough again wit ha clean tea towel and leave to prove until doubled in size again. Preheat your oven to 200'c (fan 180'c, gas mark 6). Whisk all of the topping ingredients together until smooth. Leave this to rest for 10 minutes.
Spread the paste all over the top and sides of your loaf-use a palette knife or your hands. Bake for 35 minutes until it's golden brown and crackled and when you tap the base, it sounds hollow. Cool on a wire rack.
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