Tiger bread: how to make this tasty loaf

Our tiger bread recipe is one to have in your arsenal if you like bread that's soft at the centre and crusty on the outside

Tiger bread
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Renowned for its stripy exterior, our tiger bread recipe is a must-read if, like us, you like a loaf that's soft on the inside and crusty on the outside. The perfect accompaniment for soup, this tasty loaf can be prepared with minimal effort and is a great option if you're stuck for something to do this weekend.

All you'll need is some strong white bread flour, yeast, sugar, salt and water for the loaf, along with the secret ingredients – sesame oil and ground up rice – to get that super crusty exterior.

Follow the instructions below, then to find out how to make bread (the more traditional kind), see our guide. Head over to our food hub for more recipe ideas and inspiration.

Tiger bread recipe


For the dough

  • Strong white bread flour, 500 grams
  • Yeast, a 7 gram packet
  • Sugar, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Warm water, 300 millilitres 

For the topping

  • Yeast, half of a 7 gram packet
  • Sugar, half a teaspoon
  • Sesame oil, half a teaspoon
  • Ground rice, or rice flour, 75 grams
  • Warm water, 90 millilitres 


1. Place your flour in a bowl, along with the salt, sugar and yeast. Ensure all ingredients are thoroughly combined, then create a small well at the centre.

2. Gradually pour your warm water into the well and begin folding in your flour mixture until you achieve a dough like consistency. You may need to add a little more flour, or water.

3. Once you're happy with your dough, place on a floured surface and knead for around 10 minutes. Set aside and allow to rise for up to an hour, or until it's doubled in size.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients that form the topping – this is yeast, sugar, salt, sesame oil, ground rice or rice flour and warm water.

5. Once your bread has finished proving, coat it in the topping and set aside for another five minutes.

6. Place your bread in the oven for 30 minutes at 200ºC/180ºC/gas mark 6, or until golden brown.

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