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Gail's Tiger Bread

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Tiger bread is the commercial name for a loaf of bread which has a unique mottled crust. 
4 cups white bread flour
1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp butter melted
2 1/2 tsp instant yeast granules
1 1/2 tsp salt 300 ml warm water.
Add more warm water if dough is too stiff (tbsp at a time )
Tiger Crust Topping
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp instant yeast granules
1/2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
90 ml warm water
Mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a big bowl.
Make a well in the centre of flour add melted butter then mix in the warm water with a palette knife.
Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes OR in a mixer with a dough attachment for 6 mins on medium speed.
Lightly oil the mixing bowl with some oil and place the dough back in and cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size in a draught free place. This should take about 1 hour.
Knock back the dough by gently kneading it just 5 times to get the air out.
Shape into a smooth oval and place onto a floured baking sheet.
Cover the dough again with the tea towel and leave to double in size, about another 30 mins.
Pre-heat oven to 200°C or 180°C fan assist oven.
Tiger Crust Topping:
Whisk all tiger topping ingredients together until smooth.
Let it rest for 10 mins.
Spread the paste all over the top and sides of the loaf
I just poured it on and used a spoon to spread it.
Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and crackled and when you tap the base must sound hollow.
Cool on a wire rack for 1½ hours.
Recipe credit: Darlene Gilmour
Prepared, tried and tested by: Gail Haselsteiner‎ 
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22 thoughts on “Gail's Tiger Bread”

  1. I can remember the precise day and hour that I first stumbled on Tiger Bread – it looked interesting and smelled divine so I bought it. The loaf lasted precisely 72 seconds as my plague of locusts (aka 4 daughters) annihilated it. I didn’t get a look in. So I went back and bought another. They are all 15 years older by now but they still crave the stuff and so do I, even in the homeland of perfectly perfect breads. And now, finally, I can make it. I will. Belirve me, I will – and since all of the aforementioned daughters have grown and flown my nest, I can be finally the glutton I hoped I could be that very first day!


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