- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Reviews for Golden Santa Bread
"I made it to the recipe but added the egg yolks with the eggs to the mix (the recipe wasn't very clear). Mine looked much darker than the pictures and you couldn't really see the food coloring. bread itself was lovely, very similar to brioche. Not as easy as some of the reviews suggest."
"I used freezer dough also. This way you can also choose what kind of bread you want. The Grandchildren loved it and it tasted great. Thank's"
"Kids love this every year - this year I was way too busy and cheated with freezer dough - the kids still liked it but I noticed the difference."
"Looks easy using frozen bread dough. Fun idea. Smiling"
"That adorable and I'm so happy it's not a salt dough recipe! Please explain instructions in #7. "Beat egg each yolk" Was that supposed to be "beat egg yolks separately in two small bowls"?"
"Great 1 hr. project with or for kids baking during Christmas!"
"could i make this with pretzel dough??"
"Made this on Christmas during the party. I have never made bread before, and this was a huge hit. Wish I could post a picture, because it came out so cute. And tasted even better! I brought the left overs home and ate it for breakfast and lunch until it was gone. Definitely will be using this recipe again. So easy. I used the Kitchen Aid mixer to knead it. I bet I could use blue or green food coloring and mold it into a truck or something for my sons as well. Will totally be trying that. And since the batter is sweet, I bet if you mixed in raisins or craisins that could be really good too. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!"