There is something very important to me about making my food look good, and who would be able to resist these cute teddy bear breads. I am big fan of homemade bread, however I have never got around to learning how to make bread rolls so when I saw Sandra Mangas' idea to make bread rolls look like adorable little teddy bears, it gave me the push to give bread rolls a go.
- 300 g strong wheat flour
- 1 sachet (about 5g) instant dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 level teaspoon salt
- 40 g unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 egg (medium size, about 50 gr)
- 175 ml whole milk
- Put the flour and yeast in a bowl and combine. Add the sugar and salt. Then pour the egg and milk into the bowl also and mix together.
- Take the dough out of the bowl and knead. You will feel the dough become elastic after kneading for about 5 minutes.
- Add the butter and knead the dough for 10 -15 minutes or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny. (I found this was really hard work and definitely took a while to do)
- Put the dough into a lightly floured bowl and cover with a cloth.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place until its size doubles (1 – 1 ½ hour depending on the room temperature).
- Preheat oven to 400º F / 190ºC
- Take the dough out of the bowl, deflate it by touching lightly.
- Cut the dough into pieces (aprox. 16), and roll each of them into a ball - remember you will also have to leave enough to make 2 ears for each of the larger balls which can be stuck on using a bit of water.
- Place them on greased tray and let them rest for a further 15 minutes before putting them into the oven.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown
- Let the breads cool, draw the eyes and nose with a black edible marker, and serve inside a mug. Enjoy!