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Golden Santa Bread

 Golden Santa Bread
A friend of mine shared this fun idea. She made it with purchased frozen dough, and I use a family bread recipe. The finished loaf looks complicated. but it's actually simple to create. —Vicki Melies, Elkhorn, Nebraska
16-18 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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 eggs
  • 2 raisins
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a
  • small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter to 120°-130°.
  • Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Beat in 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly
  • floured surface; divide into two portions, one slightly larger than
  • the other.

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Golden Santa Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes
  • longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.