Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My Mom Can Bake Anything - She Even Bakes Teddy Bear Bread

Several years ago my (then) 3 year old daughter and I were looking through magazines when she spotted an advertisement for teddy bear bread. She got so excited about the bread that we just had to make teddy bear bread right then and there!

She helped me pull out the ingredients and patiently waited through the rising stages of the bread, all the while knowing that she was going to have teddy bear bread.

I tore that page out of the magazine and have kept it all these years. It still brings a smile to my face and to my heart. That was a very precious memory.

Let me show you how to make teddy bear bread to the delight of your children. This recipe will also delight you because you can use this yeast mix to form many types of rolls and loaves.

Teddy Bear Bread

Makes 2 bears
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried dillweed, or dried sage, or dried basil (optional)
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2 - 4 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg or 2 egg whites

1 egg
1 Tablespoon water


  • In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of flour, yeast, and herb, if desired.

  • In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, margarine or butter, sugar, and salt just till warm (120 - 130 degrees) and margarine almost melts.

  • Add milk mixture and egg or egg whites to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour.

  • Cover and refrigerate dough for 2 hours or up to 3 days.

When you are ready to use the dough:

  • Let dough stand at room temperature about 2 1/2 hours.

  • Divide dough into 4 equal pieces: cut one piece in half for the 2 teddy bear heads; cut one piece into 14 pieces for paws, ears, and noses; leave the 2 remaining pieces for the 2 teddy bear bodies.

  • Shape the pieces into balls.

  • Place the 2 large balls on a greased cookie sheet.

  • Place each of the 2 medium balls next to each of the large balls on the cookie sheet and push together slightly.

  • Slightly flaten each of the 14 small balls and add to bears as paws, ears, and noses.

  • Cover bears and let rise until nearly double, about 30 minutes.

  • Mix the egg and water in a bowl and brush over bears.

  • Place raisons for eyes and belly buttons.

  • Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 - 30 minutes or teddy bears are a golden brown.

I hope you enjoy making this teddy bear bread with your children. Smiles are good!

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