Golden Santa Bread Recipe
- 4 to 4-1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 2 Eggland's Best Eggs
- 2 raisins
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 to 3 drops red food coloring
- In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Beat in the eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into two portions, one slightly larger than the other.
- Shape the larger portion into an elongated triangle with rounded corners for Santa's head and hat.
- Divide the smaller portion in half. Shape and flatten one half into a beard. Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut into strips to within 1 in. of top. Position on Santa's face; twist and curl strips if desired.
- Use the remaining dough for the mustache, nose, hat pom-pom and brim. Shape a portion of dough into a mustache; flatten and cut the ends into small strips with scissors. Place above beard. Place a small ball above mustache for nose. Fold tip of hat over and add another ball for pom-pom. Roll out a narrow piece of dough to create a hat brim; position under hat.
- With a scissors, cut two slits for eyes; insert raisins into slits. In separate small bowls, beat egg each yolk. Add red food coloring to one yolk; carefully brush over hat, nose and cheeks. Brush plain yolk over remaining dough.
- Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.
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My mom and I made this together for Christmas. It didn't turn out pretty at all. I bet everyone else's turned out perfect. However, the memories made were worth it!
I have made this twice and the bread will not rise! I will different recipe to make bread im sad that this didnt work out:(
This was cute and fairly easy to make, but I would not use the bread recipe listed again. It had too much sugar, which impacted both the taste and the length of time for the bread to rise. Allrecipes has a good Amish Bread recipe that would work well with this and could easily make 2 santas. I didn't have dark raisins, so used halved green candied cherries for the eyes. Another reviewer also summed other critical information very well: when you tent it with foil, it will stick and ruin the appearance of the nose, unless you put a couple of crumpled up foil balls beside the bread to elevate the foil enough to prevent it from touching the dough. Also, it is good to brush the entire santa with the plain egg wash, then go back and add the red wash to the cheeks, etc. I also found this needed to bake about 20 minutes longer than indicated, although flattening the triangle used for the face/hat may help that.
is this a regular bread, or is it sweet?