I have a thing about food shaped like animals, especially during summer when I know projects like this can keep La Jolla Girl busy. Though I’ve always been a fan of AllRecipes, I’ve started using it more now that I have a shiny, new Windows Phone. I popped “animal food” into search and this darling bread recipe popped up. Within a few minutes, we were baking bread–surprisingly good bread. Though his back is a little cracked this recipe is a keeper because it took us just a few minutes to make, you can mold it into different shapes, or hollow it out for the cutest bread bowl ever. It saves well for excellent toast or french toast on the morning after. As long as you have a large, round middle for a body, you can probably shape this into any animal you like.
Kids can make this with assistance, because there’s hot liquid involved. Plus, an accidental spillage of yeast would be most inconvenient. Who wants a lopsided turtle?
After you allow the liquids to cool and put all the ingredients in a large bowl, kids can dive in and knead. The dough is sticky, so make sure their hands are floured or a little wet. Or, you do it.
But what they’ll love is rolling the balls and putting the turtle together. Our dough was sticky enough that the turtle stuck together without much effort.
I can’t get over how cute his mouth and nose are. The bread cooked more or less perfectly and was delicious warm. For such a simple recipe, I was blown away.
The thing I like about the AllRecipes app on the Windows Phone is that you can pin the recipe to the phone’s start page. So, if you’re in the grocery store, you can quickly check the recipe to make sure you have all of the ingredients without searching the internet or pulling up a tiny email.
We’ll definitely be shaping this bread recipe into other creatures. And, I would serve it to guests. Enjoy!
*This is post 1 of 3. I’m one of the bloggers testing out the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone.