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Stork with Pacifier Treats

 Stork with Pacifier Treats
BUNDLES OF JOY will abound when you raise this baked delivery bird. Not only is the feathered friend a delicious bread, but it also included mini candy "pacifiers" to satisfy sweet tooths! What's more, you can easily make additional teething rings—even a second stork—if necessary to accommodate all your guests. CT's staff kept the treats simple by using purchased cookies and frozen bread
10 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds bread dough, thawed
  • 1 large raisin
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 package (2 ounces) white fudge-covered chocolate grahams
  • 1/3 cup vanilla or white chips, melted
  • 17 assorted Life Savers
  • 17 assorted jelly beans
  • Cake-decorating sprinkles for pacifier (optional)
  • Ribbon-1-1/3 yards of 1-1/2-inch-wide novelty print and 7 inches of 1/8 -inch-wide white
  • 20 -x16-inch serving board or platter
  • Blue or pink gift wrap
  • Clear cellophane for covering board

Directions

  • Cover the serving board with gift wrap, taping the wrap on the back
  • side of board. Cover wrapped board with clear cellophane in the same
  • way. Set board aside.
  • STORK: Divide bread dough into three 1/2-pound portions. Cut one
  • portion in half.
  • For the stork's body, combine one large and one small portion of
  • dough. Referring to the photo below left, form dough into a 9-in.

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Stork with Pacifier Treats (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • kidney-bean shape on a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife,
  • cut several 1-1/2- to 2-inch slits on the rounded left side of the
  • body, forming the tail feathers.
  • Shape the remaining small portion of dough into two 7-1/2-inch ropes
  • for legs. Place legs below the body. Bend left leg at a 90°
  • angle 2-1/2- inches from the bottom, forming a foot. Using a sharp
  • knife, make a 1-inch cut on each foot for toes.
  • Divide the remaining large portion of dough into three pieces. Roll
  • two pieces together to form the heat. Divide the third piece into
  • thirds. shape two of the pieces together into a 2-1/2-inch-long
  • neck. Roll remaining piece into a 7-inch rope for beak. Fold rope
  • in half.
  • Position the neck, head and beak on baking sheet, pinching the dough
  • between the pieces to seal. Add the raisin for the eye. Cover dough
  • and let it rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 30
  • minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine the egg and water. Brush over dough. Bake at
  • 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove bread to a
  • wire rack to cool completely. Transfer to the covered board. Make a
  • bow with the 1-1/2-inch-wide novelty print ribbon and tie around the
  • stork's neck.
  • PACIFIERS: Dip one end of each chocolate graham into melted chips and
  • attach a Life Saver. Dip one end of a jelly bean into chips and
  • place in the Life Saver's hole. If desired, used melted chips to
  • attach cake-decorating sprinkles to each graham.
  • Tie the 1/8-inch-wide white ribbon around the bottom of the stork's
  • beak, attaching a pacifier at the same time. Arrange remaining
  • pacifiers around stork on the serving board. Yield: 1 stork bread
  • and 17 pacifiers.
Editor's Note: The pacifiers can make fun and flavorful goodies all by themselves. Make one for each place setting on your table or pack them in a gift tin. The Nestle Flipz, can be found in the candy aisle of most grocery stores.