santa bread beginner
This is a really fun bread to make, and will impress your friends and family, big-time. In this video I show you how to shape your white bread dough into the shape of a Santa Claus. Bread dough after its first rise is very pliable, and can easily take on many shapes. This technique can be used to make animals, Easter bunnies, names, whatever you want.
In the video, I show you how to make the shapes to create a Santa bread.If you're new to bread-making, please watch this video first to learn how to make the bread get to its first rise. Then come back to this one, so you can see how to shape the bread. This is fun, creative, and easy, but your friends will think you must be a genius to pull it off. So, give it a try!
Below I have provided the full recipe for a regular white bread. All the steps are the same, but you shape the dough after the first rise.Equipment:
Shaped Bread ( aka Santa Bread)
In the video, I show you how to make a Santa, but using this technique, you could make anything you want. Put some flour on the table, and spread it around to make the biggest shapes from the dough. Tear of about a third of the dough, and press it onto the table. Press down with your palms to make a roundish face, about a quarter of an inch high.
Next, use another third of the dough to make the beard, which needs to be longer than the face. You may have to tug at it a bit to get it to be long enough. Grab the top end and stretch it so that it fits around the bottom of the face, covering it a bit. Pulls the extreme ends of the beard to reach up to where the ears will be.
Now grease a long baking pan, and transfer the dough over. Now you can start pulling off smaller bits of the dough to make the hat, the eyes, the mustache and the eye brows. This is much easier to see than to describe, so I would suggest watching the video for this part if you;re unsure of what to do.The Second Rise
Now, cover the shaped dough with a damp towel. This is the start of the second rise. Go away for an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.This is still dependent on your kitchen's temperature.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Baking the Dough
Take the towel off the dough. Santa should have puffed up a bit. Now, to make him even more distinctive, separate an egg, putting the egg white in one cup, and the egg yolk in another. Brush the parts of the face that should be dark with the egg yolk: eyebrows, the trim of the hat, the pom-pom, his pupils. Use the egg white on his beard. But first, take a knife and put a few long slices length-ways on his beard. This will give it a bit of texture when it bakes. Brush with egg whites, along with the hat. Place Santa in the oven.
Close the door, and let it bake for 30 minutes. It is done when the top is a golden brown and it sounds hollow if you knock on it.
Let the bread cool for at least ten minutes before you take it out of the pan. It will rip if you try to pull it out right away. You don't want to ruin your masterpiece.
If you have never done this before, I highly recommend watching the video so you can see what each stage should look like. With luck, you have a Santa, or an animal, whatever you set out to make.Congratulations!