I actually wanted to make entire tigers or giraffes. But I didn’t even try. I knew my bread modelling skills were not advanced enough. So claws and feet it is. These smell divine as they bake. All sesame goodness and ricey fug. I love them. They’d be great with soup or if you were feeling barbaric perhaps cut in half and stuff with avocado, chilli and some crisp grilled bacon.
Tiger bread rolls
- 500g strong white flour
- 7g easy bake yeast
- 7g salt
- 35mls sesame oil
- 300mls warm water
- 50g rice flour
- 3g dried yeast
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3g castor sugar
- warm water to a thick paste
Mix all of the bread ingredients together and leave for 5 minutes (this makes kneading a lot easier.) Then knead in a stand mixer with the dough hook at speed 2, until smooth and elastic – takes about 4 minutes. Knead by hand for about 7 – 8 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Cover the bowl with clingfilm or a shower cap. Then leave to rise until double the size. Knock the dough back gently using a couple of turns of the dough hook – you’re just deflating it, or by punching it down with your hands. Mix the tiger topping together with the flat beater or a spoon – adding water to get a thick spreadable paste and leave for 15 minutes. It should be the consistency of thick porridge.
Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces then shape each piece of dough into a flat rectangle with one end slightly tapered. Roll the dough from the thick side to the thin side, placing onto a baking tray with semolina/a little flour scattered over it to stop any sticking. Repeat with all the rolls placing them at least 3cm apart. Smooth the tiger mixture over the top of the bread rolls using a teaspoon or knife – it needs to be about 3mm thick. Cover loosely with clingfilm.
Leave to proof until double the size, then make 4 cuts into the ‘open’ end of the roll with a pair of scissors – this will make you 5 ‘claws’ or ‘toes’ and bake in a preheated oven at 200C/Gas 6 until golden brown and the bottoms sound hollow when tapped – took about 20 minutes in my oven. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with soup or anything else a tiger or a giraffe might like to be accompanied by.
Postscript: I have changed the water and oil amounts of this recipe after a few people felt the dough was so sticky it was hard to work with… you’re right of course, it was hard to work with! Just that very wet dough gives a fantastic result but in hindsight you have to be fairly into your bread making to enjoy working with super sticky dough.