Supermarket style tiger bread

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    We all know that supermarket tiger bread is the best bread in the world. Nothing beats it! But they keep their topping a secret. I might have found it, or something close to it, but I'll let you be the judge of that! Leave your comments below and tell me how yours turned out!


    Northumberland, England, UK
    273 people made this

    Makes: 2 loaves tiger bread

    • 7g dried active yeast
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 525ml warm water (40 to 45 degrees C)
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 750g plain flour
    • For the tiger paste
    • 60g rice flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried yeast
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons seseme oil (key ingredient!)
    • 65ml warm water
    • 1 teaspoon sugar

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:2hr rising  ›  Ready in:3hr 

    1. For the dough: In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in 60ml of the warm water; let stand for 10 minutes.
    2. Add salt and remaining warm water to yeast mixture. Stir in 400g of the flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
    3. To make the paste: Mix together rice flour, salt and yeast. Stir sesame oil into the warm water with the sugar. Pour the liquid slowly into the flour, stirring constantly until well combined. Tesco has the best Tiger bread because they coat it thicker than most supermarkets; it should go on like thick emulsion or wallpaper paste.
    4. Punch dough down; shape into two loaves. Place in two oiled 1kg loaf tins. Cover with the 'tiger paste', remembering to cover the dough quite thickly with the paste. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
    5. Just before baking, carefully put a little extra paste on to make sure it is fully covered.
    6. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 35 to 40 minutes. You'll see the 'tiger markings' appear on the crust as it bakes. Once bread is done, remove from tins and cool on wire racks.

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