Tiger Bread by Allinson's

  • Total Time

    3h 5m
    • Prep Time

      2h 30m
    • Bake Time

      35m
  • Makes

    1


Famed for its beautiful golden mottled crust and delicious scent, Tiger Bread (or sometimes called Giraffe Bread) is adored by children and adults alike. It’s also surprisingly simple to make - simply follow our easy recipe using Allinson's white dough. Why not try it with some homemade strawberry jam? Delicious.  

 

Quick Update!

We have been reading your reviews and have listened. Lots of people were struggling with the crust so we've reworked the recipe for the topping and test baked it 6 times! Sesame seed oil is the key. We hope you enjoy the new and improved recipe! 

Method

  1. MIX Mix 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.

  2. KNEAD Tip onto a lightly flour dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes (or use the dough hook attachment on your mixer). 

  3. RISE 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.

  4. SHAPE 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.

  5. PROVE Cover the dough again with a 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.  

  6. BAKE 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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Reviews

  1. 5 star rating

    Made mine with a bit of marmite in the topping
    Looks and tastes incredible

    Will make rolls next time

  2. 5 star rating

    Great recipe
    Didn’t have any rice flour so used polenta and still came out crispy and very yummy.
    Going to try rolls and the marmite as suggested. Thank you

  3. 5 star rating

    This recipe is great but the loaf is huge! I'll split it in half next tine.

  4. 5 star rating

    As far as using rice flour is concerned. I couldnt get any but used coffee grinder to grind grained rice. Worked a treat.

  5. 4 star rating

    Veganised this bread by using Nutritional Yeast for the topping. Pretty good for a first effort, as it ended up more like a pancake - need to get some proper bread pans.

  6. 5 star rating

    Made both loaf and rolls very good recipe cannot fault .
    Excellent website

  7. 5 star rating

    Love this recipe. Used semolina for the topping (no rice flour in the cupboard) along with the marmite suggestion, turned out great. I kneaded by hand this time, my first attempt at this recipe was with the dough hook attachments on my mixer.
    It turned out really heavy and dense, could of anchored a boat with it !

  8. 5 star rating

    Hi is there anything I can use instead of rice flour for the topping please I'm finding rice flour very hard to source at the moment

  9. 5 star rating

    Hi there! Seems like a great recipe! How many grams of butter are in a tablespoon?
    Many thanks!

  10. 4 star rating

    I've just made this today, it came out beautifully, and so, so crusty! The noise when I was cutting into it was incredible! But it didn't have that same tiger bread taste..... I will be making again, and adding the marmite as suggested!

  11. 5 star rating

    The tiger bread tastes amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 5 star rating

    Made this today, followed the recipe to the letter using Allinsons flour and Billington’s sugar, I did however add a tsp of Marmite as suggested by Sophie, turned out excellent, smelt gorgeous soft centered with superb crust that stuck,
    I highly recommend trying this recipe to anyone.

  13. 4 star rating

    i cant seem to get my rolls light and airy on the inside the crusts are fine

  14. 4 star rating

    I have tried the tiger bread recipe twice and like the taste with sesame seed oil in the bread and topping. I can't seem to get the crusty top to stick on the bread after baking. When cutting the bread, the topping crumbles off. Any suggestions?

  15. 4 star rating

    If you add a teaspoon of marmite then it tastes and looks like shop bought 😇👍

  16. 5 star rating

    Just got my loaf out the oven, smells lovely. Top does not look like picture but still very crusty. Was so delicious with kerrygold butter. Will make again. Very easy.

  17. 5 star rating

    Hi,
    I was wondering if instead of baking a big loaf I could divide the dough into little dinner rolls?
    TIA

    ________________________________________________

    Hi

    Yes, you can definitely make these into bread rolls. Divide your dough into equal amounts before proving. 6 pieces will make larger rolls, whereas 12 pieces will make smaller ones. Space out your rolls on a prepared baking tray, cover and leave to prove, then continue to follow the rest of the recipe.

    Happy Baking

  18. 5 star rating

    Made this bread today using Allinsons Flour and it was absolutely delicious - will definitely be making it again. Crust superb and bread so soft

  19. 4 star rating

    I follwed this recipe it did not come out like the photo in baking mad but still tasted prety good, the finished coating looked ok but was not like store bought, the toasted taste and smell was not the same, I would have uploaded a photo but cant find a way to do this

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