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Turtle Bread

Rated as 4.52 out of 5 Stars

"A yeasted bread that's shaped like a turtle. Kids love it!"
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1 h 30 m servings 112
Original recipe yields 15 servings (1 loaf)


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  1. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Divide dough into seven pieces. One round 2 inches in diameter, five rounds 1 inch in diameter and the remainder in one large round.
  5. 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'.
  6. Cover the turtle with as damp cloth and let rise for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  7. 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.


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 112 calories; 1.5 20.6 3.5 15 169 Full nutrition

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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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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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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.

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 ...

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...

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...

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 go...

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 p...

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 befor...

The end result of this is just, well, adorable. However, taste wise it is lacking. I plan to try this again, at another time, with a favorite more flavorful bread. It's actually quite quick to m...

Turtles are my fav. animals, so of course I had to make this recipe when I came across it! It was very, very easy and I sprinkled sea salt on top just before putting it in the oven.