How to make your own bread bears
Here’s how you do it.
Find a good whole wheat bread recipe (we use Fannie Farmer’s cookbook).
Measure and mix ingredients in a Kitchen Aid or use the old fashioned version known as wooden spoons and upper arm strength. 🙂
Hand knead the dough (even if you own a dough hook) because it’s just too much fun to plunge your fingers into that spongy stuff and to get flour all over your dark t-shirts.
Let that dough rise in a warm place.
After it’s risen, divide a two loaf recipe into two big balls. From those balls, you will need to create eight smaller balls. One ball for the head, four mid-sized balls for the paws, one slightly smaller ball for the snout and finally two little balls for the ears. Take remaining ball of dough and flatten into a large circle. Attach the smaller balls using a bit of water on your finger tips and massage the dough together where the balls meet the body. Let it rise again.
We added raisins for the eyes, etc., however that was a mistake. When baking raisins, they puff up and burn. You might want to add them afterwards with a dab of honey (which is what I remembered doing last time once we made this mistake on this round of bread bears).
Cover the bears with a glaze of beaten egg. We cracked an egg into a bowl (yolk and white) and whipped it with a fork. Then we used a paintbrush and wiped the surface with egg. Then bake!
Serve with honey, jam, butter and of course, tea.