Monday, June 13, 2011

Teddy Bear Bread

3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. margarine
1 envelope yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water
4 raisins

Heat surgar, milk, salt and maragarine to lukewarm. DO NOT BOIL! In mixing bowl put yeast and lukewarm water. Add milk mixture and 2 cups flour. Beat 2 minutes at high speed of mixer. Stir in 1 - 1/2 more cups of flour to make a soft dough. On floured table knead a few times until smooth. Cover with cloth and let rise until doubled in size (about an hour). Punch dough down and divide dough into 2 pieces. Set aside one piece for bear's belly and divide second piece into 2 pieces. Set aside one of those pieces for the bear's head. Divide the second piece into 7 pieces for: 4 paws, 2 ears, and 1 nose. With hands or on table roll all pieces into balls. Place large ball on breased baking sheet for the belly. Place medium ball above for the head. Place paws, ears and nose. Flatten slightly. Pinch seams together tightly. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled (about an hour). Remove plastic wrap carefully. Make indentions on ears with fork. Place raisins for eyes, center of nose and belly buttons. Mix 1 egg and 1 Tsp. water. Brush lightover over bear. Bake at 400 degrees for 1/2 hour. If the top browns too fast cover it with foil. After bear is removed from oven let cool.

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