I love making teddy bear bread with the kids. Of course, I use the frozen dough when the kids are involved and it works just as well. It’s called teddy bear bread because traditionally it was baked at Christmas time as a holiday treat. Raisins and other tidbits are used to create eyes, noses and mouths.
Making them from scratch is also fairly simple if you’re familiar with baking homemade breads, otherwise simply cut up frozen dough. Either way it’s yummy.
Teddy Bear Bread Recipe
– 6 cups (more or less) of all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup of milk
-1& 1/2 cups of water (warm)
-1 tablespoon of water (cold)
-1/4 cup of butter (softened)
-1/4 cup of sugar
-1/4 ounce pack of yeast
-1 tablespoon of table salt
-a small box of raisins
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water then add the sugar, salt, milk, butter, and half of the flour. Beat it about two minutes, or until it appears smooth in texture then slowly add more flour, mixing it until your dough has a good stiff texture.
knead the dough on a floured surface for five to ten minutes, or until it reaches elasticity. Put the dough in a buttered or greased bowl, move it around to coat it well then turn it over, cover with cheese cloth, and let it rise about an hour.
Punch the dough down and separate it into four equal parts. Take one part, cut it into fourteen pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Take another part, cut it in half then roll them into balls. Take the last two parts and roll them each into balls.
On a prepared baking sheet, you’re going to arrange the balls to form a teddy bear. Take the large balls and put them in the center of the cooking sheet. Those will be the bodies. Then take the smaller balls and put them just above them for the heads then two of the small balls on each side of the head for ears ( flatten them just a bit), one in the middle of each head for the nose then arrange the rest as arms and legs (stretch them a little). Now cover them for another hour.
Once the dough has risen, cut a slit for the eyes, nose, bellybutton, and ears then put a raisin for each eye and push them into the slit you made for the mouth. And make the teddy bears smile!
Put the cold water with the egg (slightly beaten) coat your teddy bears and bake for thirty minutes at 375 degrees. Cool and add any other tidbits you’d like such as Licorice whips for canes, bow ties, or hats. You can also use jellybeans, or sugar candy.
There’s no limit to the fun shapes you can make with dough. We’ve made turtles, (turtle bread) lizards, (lizard bread) kittens, (kitty bread) and just all kinds of fun things. Let the kids create their own. It’s a fun thing to do and it makes the house feel and smell all warm and cozy.