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A yeasted bread that's shaped like a turtle. Kids love it!

Jo
prep:
40 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
additional:
20 mins
Servings:
15
Max Servings:
15
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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

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  • Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Add the butter and stir until melted; let cool until lukewarm.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the cooled milk, butter, egg, 2 cups flour and salt; beat well to combine. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes. Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Divide dough into seven pieces. One round 2 inches in diameter, five rounds 1 inch in diameter and the remainder in one large round.

  • Place the large round on a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Shape four of the 1 inch rounds into 'feet' and one into a 'tail' for the turtle. Shape the two inch round into a 'head' for the turtle Attach each piece by flattening the end which attaches to the body, wetting it slightly with water and pinching it under the turtle's 'body'. Press raisins into the turtle's head for 'eyes'.

  • Cover the turtle with as damp cloth and let rise for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • With a sharp knife, make crisscross cuts in the turtle's body to make the 'shell'. Finally, use a scissors to make a cut for the turtle's mouth. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Tip

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

111.74 calories; 3.46 g protein; 20.63 g carbohydrates; 1.53 g fat; 15.09 mg cholesterol; 169.48 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Anonymous
01/06/2003
This makes the best bread so easily!!! My six- year old helped me. I loved not having leftovers the one loaf size is perfect to add to any diner.
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Most helpful critical review

Anonymous
04/18/2011
the idea is cute the flavor is...dull
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58 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 40
  • 4 Rating Star 14
  • 1 Rating Star 2
  • 2 Rating Star 1
  • 3 Rating Star 1
Anonymous
01/06/2003
This makes the best bread so easily!!! My six- year old helped me. I loved not having leftovers the one loaf size is perfect to add to any diner.
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Michelle B
01/04/2009
The directions don't include the sugar. As I was finishing mixing I realized I had just been following the directions without thinking. I added the sugar at the end of the mixing. The bread still turned out well rising nicely in the oven. I substituted 1c. ww flour. So cute! Easy and tasty too.
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Tanaquil
03/04/2007
Original review 4/1/06--Excellent bread! I used my bread machine to do part of the kneading. It looked a little sticky in the machine so I added about 1/2 cup of wheat flour. Then it looked dry so I added a little honey. It came out perfect---crusty outside wonderful white bread inside. Note: 2nd time I made this we made 'caterpillar bread'.
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larkspur
01/08/2009
What a cute idea! I made this recently and my little siblings loved it! The turtle-shaping instructions were easy to follow and the finished product was adorable! The bread also tasted very good and was moist and soft. I used a 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour in place of a 1/2 cup of white flour and no one noticed the difference. Thanks for a fun and yummy recipe; I will make it again!
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Judy7905
01/12/2009
I had a ball making this for my next-door 2 yo twins' birthday this morning. Doubt I'll get a bite of it so I can't rate on taste but it is quick and easy and TCFW. I used 3 raisins for each eye and I don't know what instant yeast is so I just used my regular "active dry" and it seemed to work just fine. A great kids' recipe. Thank you for posting it. One of the boys liked it so well he said my name for the first time!
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cctaylor
03/23/2010
This dough was so easy to work with! I substituted 1 c. of the flour with whole wheat used 2 TBSP. of sugar 2 TBSP. of butter and added about 1 TBSP. of honey to the milk/butter mixture before adding it in to the yeast mixture. I didn't have the instant yeast so I let it rise about 1 hour shaped it and then let it rise another 30 minutes. Brush with egg wash and again with butter right before it comes out
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maryk
03/02/2011
This bread was my first attempt at making bread so I was pleased because it is really easy to do. It is very plain tasting bread so I'll probably make it again and try the salt on top or maybe put more salt in the recipe. I would recommend it though as it is very cute and I feel like making it again at some point. Give it a shot! You'll like it!
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Anonymous
08/09/2005
This is the best bread recipe i have ever made!! I have it in a cookbook not from this site but they are extremely similar and when i make it its gone within a few hours. Its especially good warm out of the oven
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CocoLion
07/08/2005
My little 4 year old brother ate it all up but I think that's only because he loves Mutant Ninja Turtles. I think this bread tastes pretty plain still it looks cute.
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