Bake-A-Bear Bread

Bake-A-Bear Bread

This is a simple basic white bread recipe to use, as it eliminates eggs both in the dough and as a wash, which is convenient when working with younger children. Use your favorite bread dough recipe and follow instructions for shaping bears.

Makes about 10 servings, or about 4 medium sized bears.

What you need:

1 package (.25 ounce each) active dry yeast

1 ½ cups water, warm (about 110° Fahrenheit)

3 tablespoons sugar

½ cup milk, warm (about 110° Fahrenheit)

3 tablespoons butter, softened

2 teaspoons salt

5 cups bread flour (plus up to 1 additional cup for kneading)

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

3 tablespoons butter, melted

Optional: raisins or chocolate chips

How you do it:

In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk together yeast, water and sugar until dissolved.

Add milk, butter, salt and half of flour. Combine ingredients using a spatula or wooden spoon. Gradually add more flour until dough forms.

Turn the dough out onto a solid surface dusted with flour and knead for 6-8 minutes.

Oil a bowl and coat dough with oil. Cover with a clean dish towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise for an hour.

Punch down risen dough and knead gently. Cut into four pieces to make four bears.

To shape into bears: split each piece of dough in half—make a large oval to form the bear’s body. Split the other piece into two pieces—one for the head, and one for arms and legs. Take the piece for the head and divide it into 4 pieces–one large, and three small to form ears and nose. Take the piece for limbs and separate into 4 equal pieces, rolling them into logs.

Build bears directly on parchment paper or foil pan. Let rise for about 15 minutes.

Brush with melted butter.

Preheat oven and bake at 400° Fahrenheit for about 17-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Use chocolate chips or raisins as eyes and a nose. Slit openings after the bread has cooled slightly.

I have a daughter and she is 11. She has eye related problems and the doctor has asked her to wear glasses. We’ll be ordering one from wholesale reading glasses suppliers. But the Doctor has suggested me to add yeast and raisins to her diet as yeast is a valuable nutritional supplement because it contains high levels of protein and vitamins. These nutrients are essential for eye health. And raisins are found to be rich in polyphenolic phytonutrients which are antioxidants that help in keeping your eyesight strong. I have tried many times to give her raisins, but she refused it anyway. And I never got how to add yeast in her diet. Hope she likes this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing. Waiting for more such recipes of yours.

Hey CarrieBlackwell, i hope that it would work for your daughter and her eye problem will be fine soon.