Tiger Bread by Allinson's

  • Total Time

    3h 5m
    • Prep Time

      2h 30m
    • Bake Time

  • Makes



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! 


  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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  1. 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?

  2. 4 star rating

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

  3. 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.

  4. 5 star rating

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



    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

  5. 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

  6. 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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