Oct 292012

Isn’t this the most adorable bread you’ve ever seen? It was almost too cute to eat!

I made this on Saturday for Bee’s birthday lunch, and the kids were just delighted (Cakes yelled “Oh my GOSH, so cute!” in typical Cakes fashion).

After I posted this pic on the blog’s Facebook page, several readers requested the recipe, which I’m happy to share. I just made my standard white bread recipe in the bread machine, but if you don’t have a bread machine, you can make white bread by hand, or even use frozen bread dough. If you’d like to try my recipe, here it is:

1-1/3 cups warm water
2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Place ingredients in bread pan in order listed or according to manufacturer’s directions. When adding the yeast last, make a small well for it, to insure proper timing of the yeast reaction. Use dough cycle, then punch down dough when cycle completes. Shape dough and place in a greased loaf pan. Let rise, covered, until doubled. Bake for 35- 40 minutes at 375 degrees. Tent with foil if top is browning too quickly. Makes a 2 pound loaf.  If baking in the bread machine, use the basic, white bread cycle.

How to use this dough to make teddy bear bread:
When the bread machine’s dough cycle completed, I punched down the dough, then divided it in half with my dough blade. I rolled one half into a large ball for the bear’s body, and cut the other half into two equal pieces. I rolled one piece into a ball for the head, and cut the other piece into 7 fairly uniform small pieces, which I also rolled into balls. I placed two on either side of the head for the ears, and one in the lower center of the head for the nose. I stuck the other 4 pieces on for the arms and legs, then covered the bear with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise until doubled. When doubled, I carefully cut slits for the eyes, nose, and belly button with my kitchen scissors, and put raisins in them. I brushed the entire bear with an egg wash of one beaten egg plus one tablespoon cold water.

I baked my bear on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat. If you don’t have a Silpat, I’d recommend lining your baking sheet with parchment paper so the bear doesn’t stick. If you don’t have, or don’t want to use parchment, be sure to grease the baking sheet very, very well.

This is what my bear looked like right before it went into the oven:

I baked it at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes, until it sounded hollow when tapped. I let the bear cool on a wire rack, and then tied a ribbon around its neck. Piece of cake (er…bread). Just don’t skip the egg wash! It’s what gives the bread that glossy, golden sheen.

It was a big hit with the birthday girl, and tasted great too!

I still can’t believe that Bee is 10. Last night, I snapped this picture of all the kids together, because it occurred to me that it was the last day EVER that all my children would still be in the single digits.


“We’ve had bad luck with our kids….they’ve all grown up.” ~Christopher Morley

Happy Birthday to the smart as a whip, witty, fun, tender-hearted, gorgeous girl who, 10 years ago, made me a Mom for the first time.

We love you, Wiz Kid!