Bored of making circular bread rolls I decided to try some more interestingly shaped bread rolls. Looking in one of the recipe books I had, I found a suggestion of hedgehogs. I then asked my house-mates for ideas for the other animals.
Back row from left: Trilobite, Tortoise, Nautilus
Middle row from left:Hedgehog, Rat, Starfish
Front row from left: Snake, Squid
- 550g strong white flour
- 2 tsp quick action yeast
- 2 tsp sugar
- 40ml olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 315ml water
- Sultanas or currants and some seeds for the eyes
Method for Dough:
- Pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees.
- Place the flour, yeast, sugar, olive oil, salt and water in a bread machine and set it to the dough setting. If you don't have a bread maker then mix it well and kneed with the palm of your hands for 5 minutes. Then leave it to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes. After this 30 minutes is up kneed it again for 5 minutes and return to the warm place for another 30 minutes. (Or get a bread maker!)
- Split into 8 equal sized pieces and make animals as suggested below.
- Place on a greased baking tray and gently brush the top with some water using a damp bit of kitchen towel or a pastry brush.
- Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is a nice golden colour.
- Roll the dough into a ball.
- Use a sharp knife to draw lines across the back, but leave one end clear for the face.
- Add two currents either side of the clear end for eyes.
- Remove two small (1/2 inch) lumps of dough and roll the remaining dough into a ball.
- Flatten the large ball and use the tip of a knife to pattern the back of the tortoise.
- Divide one of the small balls into five and stick four of these onto the corners of the tortoise using a dot of water. Roll the remaining one into a tail and place at the back.
- Place the other large ball on the opposite side to the tail and add two currents to complete the head.
- Roll the dough into a 'sausage' using the palms of your hands.
- Coil the 'sausage' around to get the spiral shell.
- Use scissors to cut the end of the spiral into many small tentacles. Don't worry if they stick together or if they aren't all the same size.
- Score around the base of the tentacles with a knife.
- Roll the dough into a ball which is slightly pointy at one end.
- Place a current as the nose and two more currents as the eyes at the pointy end.
- Use scissors to lightly cut the back of the dough all over, but in the same direction. This is the hedgehogs spikes.
- Remove a 1/2 inch ball of dough and roll into a 'sausage' using the palms of your hands.
- Make a ball out of the remaining dough and then shape it into a pointy egg shape to be the rat's body.
- Add the tail at the non-pointy end (using a bit of water to stick it).
- Place two currents as eyes and then another as the nose.
- Roll the dough into a ball and press carefully into a disk shape.
- Use scissors to place cuts which go about halfway to the center of the disk at 5 evenly spaced places along the edge of the disk.
- Carefully separate these 5 arms and tease the dough out into a point on each one.
- Place a current in the centre for the starfish's stomach.
- Use the palm of your hands to roll the dough into a 'sausage'.
- Pattern the skin of the snake using the tip of a sharp knife.
- Add a couple of seeds for eyes and place as an s-shape on the baking tray
- Split the dough into two equal parts.
- With one of the parts roll it into an even sized 'sausage' about 1/2 cm wide. Cut this sausage into 6 or 7 pieces. These will be the tentacles.
- Form the other half of the dough into a ball and add a couple of currents as eyes.
- Use water to stick the tentacles onto the head one at a time. Try to get the tentacles to be slightly woven together so they're not all just lying next to each other.
Makes 8 rolls.