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      21.04.2013 19:51
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      Bread With A Bite

      Every now and then, I like to treat myself to some of the freshly baked bread from my local Tesco's bakery. One of my favorite types is Tiger Bread.

      Why Is It Called Tiger Bread?
      This bread is referred to as Tiger bread because of the pattern which develops across the top of the bread during the baking process. This is achieved by spreading rice paste and sesame oil on the top of the bread before it is baked. Then, while the bread is baking, the paste dries and cracks which creates stripes across the
      top of the bread, similar in look and colour to the stripes of a Tiger, hence the name Tiger Bread.

      Packaging
      Tiger bread comes pre-packed in a transparent plastic-type wrapping, with a label giving a description of the item and the weight. The packaging is very thin and quite flimsy so often it can break as the crusty bread pokes through the packaging so I often transfer the bread into a normal bread type bag to ensure it stays fresh.

      Sizes & Price
      As far as I am aware Tiger bread comes in two different sizes, 400 grams and 800 grams. You can choose to buy sliced or un-sliced and they are both the same price. The 800 gram loaf is £1.09 and the 400 gram loaf is 67p.

      Taste
      Tiger bread has such a distinctive flavour. I often like to eat my bread with something on it such as jam but with Tiger bread, it tastes so delicious that I can literally just lightly toast it and butter it and I really en joy eating it this way. The crust of this bread which is made with the sesame oil and rice paste gives it such a distinctive flavour, and the outside of the bread is crusty and the inside is lovely and soft.

      Summary
      I would highly recommend Tiger bread to anyone who hasn't tried it. It is best eaten when it is fresh out of the bakery and to be honest, it does only keep for about 2 days before it starts to go stale which is a shame. Aside from that though, it has a unique taste, a unique look and is definitely worth a try if you fancy a change from you normal bread.

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        08.04.2013 11:00
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        beautiful soft bread

        A friend recommended tiger bread when we went shopping together, and I'm glad she did. I now buy this bread about once a week.

        It is best eaten as fresh as possible, and lovely if you can get it while it is still warm. The top has a cracked glaze, which makes the pattern. Tesco calls the pattern a tiger, although it is known as giraffe bread in some places, as the pattern looks more like the latter. I always look for the least well done loaf, as the 'tiger' can taste a bit burn if well done, which I don't like.

        The bread is very soft, and in our house it is eaten by pulling bits off and eating alone or with jam. I have not tried to cut a slice, as I expect it to be difficult. I love this bread, it is definitely my favourite bread, but it can get a bit messy when eating, as the top (tiger part) can crumble everywhere. The inside tastes great, and the outside crust is not very hard so great if you aren't keen on the crust.

        This isn't really a everyday loaf of bread, but is great as a treat and is nice and filling. It is good value at around 70p a loaf, and is found in the fresh bakery section of Tesco's as it is always made freshly in store.

        As it is prepared in store, I do not know the nutritional content, but I usually say if it doesn't say it doesn't count! I am currently sat eating a loaf, and have managed nearly half on my own, just pulling bits off! I award 5/5 stars.

        UPDATE: It definately needs eating on the day of purchase, the next morning the remainded or my loaf in the bread bin was rock solid! Only good to be eaten in soup!

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          10.04.2010 02:30
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          The tastiest loaf around

          Tiger bread in general is very tasty and I think Tesco's version is the best.

          I have tried it from Asda also and theirs is lovely too, Morrisons does one but it's not that great but this one just tops them all.

          It's hard to describe what the flavour of Tiger bread is but I always liken in to the glaze on pretzels, I think the glaze on the top of a loaf of this is very similar.

          I love bread anyway and freshly baked bread always beats a pre-packed loaf but there is something so scrummy about this stuff that a large loaf just doesn't last two minutes in our house! A huge loaf of it from Tesco costs just £1 - you can choose from either sliced or unsliced though I always opt for sliced as I'm lazy! There are many more slices in this than you would get in a normal loaf of Warburtons and that would cost you about 30p more.

          If you haven't tried it then you are missing out!!

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          27.03.2010 01:04
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          Much better than packaged bread!

          I love carbs; they are my favourite type of food, and bread is certainly at the top of my list! I'm a big fan of rolls, brown bread toast, french bageuttes, bacon sandwiches, etc etc. But my absolute favourite bread has got to be Tiger Bread, and I absolutely adore the one you can purchase from Tesco.

          The tiger bread is usually avaiable in three different sizes. 400g at 67p, 800g at £1 and at weekend a few of the Tescos round here sell a massive 'family loaf' for a £1 (so fantastic value!). I've also seen a few Tescos sell tiger bread rolls, which are equally delicious, but I am unsure of the price. You can pick up tiger bread from the fresh bakery section of your Tescos. They rarely don't have it, as it is obviously a big favourite and they seem to make loads!

          I'm not usually a massive fan of crusts, though I do always eat them, but there is something about the crust of tiger bread that I LOVE. It;s quite crisp and has a delicious flavour (which I'm really sorry, but I have no idea of how to describe!). It can be a bit tricky to bite off one piece of it, and I usually end up with the entire side of it, but it is so worth the hassle! The bread on the inside is exceptionally soft and light in texture and again has a wonderful flavour. Freshly baked bread always beats packaged bread in my mind!

          It is pretty easy to cut, but the crusts usually mean that I end up with a slightly squashed piece of bread, which is a bit frustrating! However, you can quite often pick up a loaf of tiger bread ready sliced, which I much prefer!

          I usually eat my tiger bread with a light covering of Kerrygold butter, as it means I can fully enjoy it. It does make for really nice sandwiches though, especially with bacon! Though as I mentioned before, the crusts can make eating it a bit tricky! I always eat them first before moving onto the main bread. Because the bread is so soft, when spreading butter make sure it isn;t hard, because the bread tears very, very easily, which is a bit of a nusiance!

          There aren't any calorie or ingredient lists on the packaging, which is a little frustrating, but in general a small slice of bread is about 55 calories, which large slices being about 90-100. Most slices of tiger bread fall midway between the two in my opinion, though it depends where you are cutting it from. The ends make for very small pieces of bread!

          Definitely a firm favourite of mine!

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          25.02.2010 11:00
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          Tasty, tasty bread.

          'Tesco Tiger Bread'
          This has to be one the tastiest breads I have ever had the pleasure to experience. I am a big fan of freshly baked un-cut bread and although I always make my own bread in my bread maker every Saturday morning, I just can't resist the pull of a freshly made Tiger loaf when I go shopping and wander through the bakery section.

          As I do my main weekly shop in Tesco, I don't have any option but to always smell the distinct tiger loaf smell, and even if I attempt to navigate around the bakery, I always find myself, somehow, ending up right in front of the bread.

          The loafs in our store usually come in a standard 400g size for around the 70p mark, but lately they have been producing something called "The Weekend Loaf", which is almost a third bigger. This loaf, no matter how large the various sizes may look, always comes in at £1.
          They always come in a cellophane wrapper and are always un-cut, but in our local store, I don't know about everywhere else, if you ask at the bakery, they will put the bread through their slicer and then re-wrap it for you, but they will only do this if the bread is not too, too big, which on occasion it is.

          How they get this bread to taste so nice is beyond me. From the look of it I would say that they use some kind of oil spread over the top of it to give it its unique taste. The top and sides of the bread are always a very dark brown, often touching on black, and if you drag your finger over the top, your fingertip with be left with a bit of a greasy feel. Not the nicest feeling, but can be overlooked because of the taste.

          I would imagine to get that finish, they must cook the bread as per normal and then at a set time before it's finished baking, they probably top it with the specific oil (I don't know that for a fact but just suspect something like that must happen).

          After breaking through the crusty exterior of the bread, what you get is a really soft and fluffy inside. The inside is always like this and tastes the way you would expect, delicious and light as opposed to dense and doughy, although it does not have the distinct flavour of the outside. Be warned though, the inside is so light and fluffy that when you try to spread butter or margarine, it can easily rip it to shreds!

          Although I do bake my own bread, like I said above, I can't resist a good tiger loaf, and although I don't by it all the time, I must admit that when I do, it is just too big. What we do is to split the loaf into two, keep one half out and then freeze the other half. Through experience, this particular bread still holds its flavour and texture (apart from the overly crusty outside) and is just as enjoyable after being defrosted. Doing this also allows you to enjoy the same loaf for longer as generally, once you buy it, if you don't consume it within the second day, it will start to go dry and horrible.

          I thoroughly enjoy this bread and would recommend it to anyone that has never given it a taste, but be warned, if you do like it you can easily get hooked (the drug addiction equivalent of the bread world!).

          I have even recently seen that they now do the roll version of tiger bread! Something I will definitely be trying!

          Yeah...........Tiger bread!

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            02.02.2010 18:24
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            Well worth trying

            Tesco Tiger Bread

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            Recently I have been eating quite a lot of soups for lunch, and in my opinion, soup should never be eaten without a decent chunk of bread to accompany it. Now this bread shouldn't be just any old sliced loaf either, it should always be freshly baked and delicious.

            I must admit that I love tiger bread, it is difficult to explain the taste because of course, it is quite distinctive to tiger bread! The crust should always be chewy, and never baked for too long and the bread inside should be fluffy and light.

            Luckily, we live close to a couple of large supermarkets who have in store bakeries, which means that I can pop in and pick up fresh bread whenever I need to. Today, when I was wandering around Tesco, this tiger bread was still warm and I couldn't resist buying some because the smell was so enticing!

            A 400g loaf of this bread cost me £0.65 and is wrapped in clear and breathable cellophane. Inside, the bread has a rough looking orange crust with the odd looking markings which make it quickly identifiable as a tiger loaf. The loaf feels quite soft when you pick it up so be careful not to squash it when you are carrying it home.

            The loaf is not sliced which means that you can cut the right sized piece for yourself. I like a decent chunk of this because it is very tasty and one thin slice is never enough. The bread is fantastically fluffy and light inside and perfect for spreading with butter and eating on its own. It is best to soften the butter first though as the bread is very light and butter straight from the fridge can tear holes in it easily.

            Quite simply, this is perhaps my favourite type of bread. The simple and home baked flavour is hard to rival and the deliciously chewy crust provides the perfect balance for the soft white bread inside. If you are a fan of tiger bread then you are sure to be impressed by this one.

            If you plan to keep this bread for the next day then it is best to store it in an airtight container to prevent it going hard. It doesn't usually last very long in my house though so that isn't usually an issue. I like to use these loafs to make garlic bread when we have people round for dinner. All you need to do is crush the required amount of garlic (depending on how strong you like it) and then mix with softened butter. Slice into the loaf (around an inch and a half between each slice and don't cut right through to the bottom of the crust) and then spread with the mixture. Wrap in tin foil and then bake for around 15 minutes (depending on the type of oven, keep an eye on it). Serve and enjoy - great with pasta!

            If you haven't tried this bread yet then you should definitely get some soon, be warned though, it is addictive!

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              05.01.2010 18:28
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              Makes treat sandwiches!

              On the weekends we quite often go and treat ourselves to fresh bread as a treat for our lunch. The place of choice to get this used to be bakerys, but quite often they sell out early in the day, too early for a late weekend riser like me. Luckily the supermarkets have started baking their own bread which rivals the local bakerys and means I dont miss out.

              Tescos make a gorgeous bread called tiger bread. Mainly it is a white loaf with a gorgeous golden crusty exterior. It has a striped outer edge which is where I guess it gets the name from. Although it is crusty the crust is not too thick and crumbly like some over cooked breads you get.

              The bread itself inside is gorgeously soft and fresh. It is so soft it is often hard to cook tiger bread as it squashes in your hands! Another attractive feature to this bread is that it smells delicious and the smell is enough to fill any room and make you want lots more!

              The bread comes in a plastic wrapping, so if you are not going to eat it straight away pop it in a sealed container, although it wont last for long, it will keep it fresh for as long as possible.

              My only wish is that it came in smaller loaves, as I often end up wasting a bit of it as there is not enough family members in my house to enjoy this fantastic bread!

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                15.12.2009 12:24
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                Delicious freshly made bread from Tesco

                Being rather partial to homemade bread but not having the expertise or skill to actually make it myself I can be often found lurking around the bakery section in Tesco letting the smell of freshly prepared bread rule my shopping selections. I tend to buy the loaves of bread that have a long best before date as don't as a rule eat that much bread, however, I do succumb on the odd occasion to buying a Tiger Loaf as the smell and taste is irresistible.

                An intriguing loaf of bread this it to look at and its mottled orange crust that lends its name from the ferocious wild cat of the same name. The loaf is of average size but is firm and crispy to the touch and it's when sliced that you can fully appreciate just how nice this actually is. The crust crumbles under the knife and the centre of the loaf is white and fluffy, this is a bread to enjoy in a variety of ways from adding a scraping of butter across to dipping it in soup.

                Being a freshly baked loaf that is prepared in store it doesn't have a long best before date and usually will go off and stale within a day or two, so I like to buy this in when I know that I'm having a couple of light days where I tend to eat soup or sandwiches. Normally I will buy it pre-sliced as I can't cut straight to save my life, but on other occasions it's nice to be able to make a good sized doorstop wedge of bread that is perfect for tearing apart to eat soup with.

                The loaf usually comes packaged in a see-through plastic bag that has a Tesco sticker on it and I normally buy the 400 gram sized loaf though I do think there is a larger one available if you are feeding a family.

                Nutrition wise, a 100 gram serving of bread will provide you with 243 calories, 2.0 grams of fat (no saturates) and 2.9 grams of sugar which to me seems reasonable when you consider a serving is a quarter of a loaf!

                I do like this bread very much and it is a firm favourite in my home especially when we know we are having soup, my only minor criticism is that it does go stale very quickly but that makes for a really good excuse to eat it quickly. I'm not sure if it is suitable for home freezing, but wouldn't recommend it as I don't think it would taste as nice when defrosted, it's a freshly baked bread that needs eating straight away and to me it is a delicious loaf for everyone to enjoy.

                My 400 gram loaf cost 65p which is comparable to 'normal' loaves but this is far tastier in my opinion, all in all Tiger Bread from Tesco does rate a perfect 5/5 Dooyoo star rating from me and is highly recommended.

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                  01.12.2009 12:45
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                  nice bread

                  Tiger bread is definitely the nicest kind of fresh bread sold in Tesco. I love getting the big weekend loaf on a Friday evening, as it goes well with dinner on Friday and lucnh and dinner on Saturday and if you are lucky there will be a bit left over for lunch in Sunday! It does stay quite 'fresh' feeling and does not go hard as quickly as some other fresh bread. I do value this highly as I really do not normally like day old bread.

                  The large weekend loaf that I have been picking upo recently cost £1.00 which I think is great value for the amount of eating you get out of it and length of time it lasts.

                  It tastes great, the bread is really fluffy feeling, even though the crust is crunchy. But the crunchy crust is one of the good points to the bread, the way it breaks up when eating is a nice feeling when eating. It does create a bit of a mess when you are cutting it though as bits go all over my kitchen!

                  So obviously this bread is white bread and therefore is not as good for you as some more healtyh wholemeal or granary or seed filled bread. But then it does feel like a bit of a weekend blow out and a treat. Smoother a slice with butter and raspberry jam and you will know what I mean!

                  I think that tiger bread goes really well with soup, as the bits of crust are like little croutons in the soup! But it is nice warm andn the soup creates this effect.

                  It is now possible to buy tiger bread rolls and small loaves too, but I really prefer the big loaf as I said, it tends to last all weekend. I would recommend toasting a big thick slice when it is day old, as it tastes great.

                  The smell of tiger bread is also so enticing, especially if you just happen to be walking past the bakery section when they bring some fresh loaves out. It smella really buttery and when it is warm, it is still nice and soft - I always want to run home and start eating it!

                  So there you have it. I think that Tesco tiger bread is the nicest, most tasty and delicious fresh bread out there. So go buy a weekend loaf and stuff your face!

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                    03.11.2009 11:59
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                    Having typed this up, going to have to nip to the store to buy one now...

                    I'm going to sound like a bit of a fatty in this review, but I genuinely love this bread! When my husband and I were still students, Tescos Tiger Bread was our one real luxury every week. We would buy a loaf and re-stock our supplies of Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil, and literally devour the entire thing in one night, unless we were able to show some level of self-restraint and make it last for two. The danger (and wonder) of Tiger Bread, however, is its smell - even through its plastic bag, its sesame-oil scent tempts you in. Tearing off pieces only makes it worse! Furthermore, the knowledge that the fresher it is, the better it is, impels you forward, tearing and dipping and eating until you're left with crumbs and not much else.

                    I would recommend eating the loaf as noted above, and not toasting it unless it's a few days old - like I said, the fresher, the softer, the better, especially when really allowed to soak in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I also wouldn't get too complicated with the dips - butter or the aforementioned are more than enough, as you really want to allow the sesame taste of the bread through. It's good to dip in soup, but I prefer to eat it alone, really allowing the taste centre stage.

                    Like I said, a bit of a fatty, but go out and try it yourself - you'll see what I mean!

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                      06.10.2009 23:30
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                      If you have never tried Tiger Bread - you must!

                      I like buying Tiger bread as a Saturday treat from Tesco's. An 800 g loaf costs 1 pound 10 p, not the cheapest, but oh so tasty.

                      What is "Tiger Bread"?: Tiger bread differs from typical uncut loaves as the exterior is made up of patches of a crunchy crust that has small gaps in between and has a dark orange complexion.

                      Taste: The bread makes an excellent sandwich, no matter what your favourite filling is. The crust is nice and crispy, yet easy to bite and the white bread is reassuring soft. I find that the bread tastes better if you don't get the loaf sliced in store and you slice your own bread at home. You can't beat a door wedge sandwich if you are hungry!

                      Serving suggestions: My personal favourites that use Tiger Bread are a nice bacon sandwich with HP sauce, a cheese and Branston pickle sandwich or sliced with a hot tomato soup.

                      Value for money: Most large uncut loaves tend to cost 1 pound, Tiger bread (800 g) costs 1 pound 10 p so before you buy think about whether you will use the loaf up within a couple of days. It'd be a shame to buy the bread and not use it all up! If you are lucky, you may find the bread reduced before it goes out of date, but it doesn't usually stay on the shelves for long.

                      Overall: If you have never tried Tiger Bread - you must!

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                        21.09.2009 14:47
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                        Delicious and different bread

                        There is nothing better than warm, crusty bread for a sandwich or to go with something like soup. I have tried a range of freshly baked breads from a range of supermarket. I was very intrigued by the name 'tiger bread' and the interesting look; I thought I had to give it a go!
                        It was fantastic! Soft on the inside and crusty on the outside.
                        Being baked in large sized loaves, it provides enough to make a decent number of sandwiches to feed a hungry household.
                        The crust is just the correct thickness. It protects the soft bread inside allowing it to remain soft, but is not too thick that you are unable to bite through it.
                        It is a loaf that is easy to cut, and does not fall apart when being cut at home. this allows you to choose the thickness of your sandwich. It is not restricted to being sliced for sandwiches; you can also toast it making delicious toast which is crunchy but also soft in the middle.
                        Whether tiger bread is the staple bread for your family, or a treat it is perfect for all occasions and offers something different.

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                        14.09.2009 00:07
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                        I can choose how thick or thin i slice mine.

                        TESCOS TIGER BREAD.


                        I like to buy fresh bread, and have been a great fan of Tiger Bread, for a long time now.

                        This loaf of bread, a large uncut loaf which incidentally you can get this sliced as medium thin or thick, but i prefer to buy mine whole and i usually use my electric knife to slice it, depending on what size slice of bread i want, and it also depends if i am toasting it, and have to fit it into my electric slicer, or if im cooking it under my electric grill in my oven it doesnt really matter what size the slices are.


                        Tesco Tiger Breag costs just over a £1.00 unless you are lucky to get it reduced which ocassionally they do at the end of the day, if you want to use this bread for toasting then you might pick it up for a mere 50p, if you want it full price, and you buy it fresh in the morning just after it has been cooked, it really is a great tasty loaf of bread, and because it is coated in a paste, thats what gives it its special taste and look, then it really is great for a sandwich, as it is soft but not soggy like most cut loaves of bread, it really is a great way to have as a sandwich, or to accompany a traditional fry up on a sunday morning, or just to lad up with eggs bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes.


                        I usually buy one loaf of this Tiger Bread as a treat, and it is so different from the regular tinned uncut loaf of bread, probably because of its taste and also because of its appearance.


                        The Crust**********

                        It has a great crust which is one of the main reasons i buy this bread, it is thick but not so thick that you cannot chew it. It really is a great tasting loaf of bread, and i know that most supermarkets sell it, i like to buy one of these loaves of bread at the weekend, and it is great value for money, you can have it sliced but as i mentioned i prefer to slice mine myself.

                        Its got a taste of its own, and i really enjoy it.

                        Thanks for reading and rating my reviews xx.

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                          30.07.2009 13:20
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                          A different type of bread with lots of uses

                          My children spotted this type of loaf several years ago in Asda and have been hooked ever since. We don't actually live near Asda so were really pleased when our Tesco store started producing Tiger Bread. Now you can buy not only Tiger Bread Loaves, but rolls and baguette type sticks as well.

                          Tiger Bread is disinctive because of the stripy texture on the top - this is made apparently by using sesame oil and painting a paste of rice flour on the top to give the stripey pattern.

                          Tiger Bread has a distinctive taste which I can only assume comes from the sesame oil used and if you manage to pick up a loaf that has just come from the ovens the aroma is wonderful. How a loaf ever makes it whole to the checkout I will never know!.

                          I like to pick the loaf that is the least brown as I think the golden colour topping holds its flavour better and it does seem to be softer.

                          The loaf itself is not easy to cut as it is soft and fluffy inside, although that may be down to my bread knife being really old!. But the taste when you do is lovely. It doesn't taste so processed as other white breads and is lovely with just butter or even on its own. It is difficult to make sandwiches with on the first day of buying as is soft.

                          The baguette type tiger bread is every bit as good and is great for pulling apart to have with pate or cheese as an informal lunch. It doesn't last long enough to slice up, although I have done this once to make a bruschetta type lunch and the distinctive taste worked well.

                          The tiger rolls make a change for packed lunches, they are slighty bigger than normal rolls and again have the distinctive topping on them.

                          All in all I would recommend Tiger Bread / Rolls or Baguette as a welcome change to ordinary shop bought white bread - it nevers appears to be any more expensive, usually around £1 a loaf, but the taste and texture is so much better.

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                            19.07.2009 13:01
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                            Try It

                            Often as a weekend treat we treat ourselves to a Tiger Loaf, not always from Tesco but Tesco do a great Weekend Tiger Loaf for a quid every now and then. This weekend it was the smaller 400g loaf we got for 67p yesterday morning.

                            It is very hard to put a taste or a smell on this bread to make a comparison but I always know when there is a Tiger Loaf in the house ... then I am like an animal myself to get to it. It has a very distintive smell. The flavour of the bread itself is good, pretty average for a decent loaf, but the 'topping' makes this bread. It is kind of stripy, or split on the top. I have no idea how they do it but it is really lovely.

                            We use the smaller loaf between us for our lunchtime sandwiches or with cheeses and pickles over the weekend. It is always good for two days if it is rewrapped well. If we get a weekend loaf there is always some left over on a Monday I do find that it is not as nice then, but I have been known to toast it under the grill then add tommy sauce and cheese and a few bits to make a Tiger Loaf Pizza and that is a great way to use the loaf up!

                            Tesco also do the bread pre-sliced in the fresh bakery and in small batches. Mmmm, lovely.

                            Very nice indeed... everyone should try this.

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