Thursday, March 15, 2012

Piggy Bread

I'm trying to bake bread 50ish times in 2012 and I'm posting lots of pictures, recipes, and tips to let you know how it's going and hopefully inspire you to bake some too!

I saw this adorable picture a while ago on Pinterest:

and knew I wanted to try to make piggy bread for my toddler too. But I wanted to use dough I had on hand (the original recipe on Cafe Chocolada has a fun recipe translated from Croatian...but I was in a hurry, lol), and I don't keep peppercorns on hand (plus they seem like a choking hazard) so I wanted a new idea for the eyes too. So here is my version of Piggy Bread.
fresh out of the oven!

What You Need:

What You Do:
  • Mix the dough, knead the dough, and let it rise for an hour
  • Seperate the dough into 4 portions, then let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide each dough ball into 2. Make flatish discs out of 6 of them.
  • Use one of the remaining dough balls to make 6 flat ovals for the noses and place one on each pig face. If you want to add smiley faces like I did, make sure there's a little bit of room to do that under the nose.
  • Use the last dough ball to make 12 triangular ears. You can do this by making 12 seperate triangle pieces, or by making 3 flat circles and then using a pizza cutter to cut each into 4 quadrants. I made the ears individually because I didn't think of the pizza cutter thing at the time, but I bet it'd be way more efficient.
  • Place the ears where they go. Tuck the ends under the faces.
  • Toss a clean kitchen towel over the piggies and let them rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Make two small slits on each pig nose and one round slit under the noses for the smile.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until just beginning to turn goldeny brown.
ready to go in the oven!
My Notes:
  • I tried 4 different options for the eyes and they all worked, but our favorites were chocolate chips and pretzel bits. The pretzel bits were hard to break apart other than with my mouth, so I don't recommend that option if you are making these for non-relatives (even though really the 400 degree oven should kill any germs you might have...still gross)
  • Tiny blobs of cheddar cheese worked pretty well, but don't overfill the holes or it spreads and looks demonic.
  • Brown sugar and oats was tasty, but the sugar didn't melt like I was hoping. Maybe adding a tiny bit of butter would help. Anyway, it looked fine and tasted fine.
  • Kids old enough to make ovals and triangles out of playdough would probably love helping you make these!
  • I think these would also be awesome with the Almost-Famous Breadsticks dough, or any dough that can hold a shape well.

right before the toddler took one bite out of each....


Opal @ Celebrate Life said...

Oh how cute! I know my eight-year old daugher would love this. The next time I make biscuits, I'll think I'll make some adorable piglets!

Diapeepees said...

Love those.