Homemade Bread Animals

Bring imagination into the kitchen with this basic white bread recipe. Kids can creatively shape the dough into their favorite animals, creating a fun and edible treat.

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Basic White Bread Dough Recipe Is Kid FriendlyEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When the breads are ready to be baked, mist the inside of the oven with a water spray. They are cooked if they have an all-around golden tinge and sound hollow when tapped on the base.

Ingredients

1 lb. 2 oz. all-purpose white bread flour
1 tsp. dried yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup tepid water
currants and pumpkin seeds for features and decoration

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Put the flour in a bowl, make a well in the center and add the yeast and salt. Gradually add the water and stir with a fork to make a loose dough. Use your hands to form a ball.

2. Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface. Knead it for 8 to 10 minutes until it is elastic and pliable. Turn the dough gradually as you press and stretch it.

3. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly floured bowl. Cover with a damp dishcloth and leave to rest in a warm place for one hour. Then shape the dough into animals. Tip: Covering dough with a damp dishcloth and leaving it to rest in a warm place allows the yeast in the dough to do its work and make the bread light. With a little warmth and moisture, the active ingredients in the yeast release carbon dioxide gas, which raises the dough.

4. Decorate the animals, put them on a lightly oiled baking tray and cover with a damp dishcloth. Leave to rest for 30 minutes. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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