The munchkin and I have been making a lot of animal-shaped bread lately and though I don’t usually post our results, I had to share this one: turkey-shaped challah bread!
The idea for this particular shape came from Nurturing Notes and it was very easy to make. We used our favorite honey-vanilla challah recipe and after the first rise I divided the dough into four equal parts. We shaped one of those pieces into a large ball and used it for the “turkey body.”
Then I quartered one of the remaining pieces of dough and used that for the head.
Finally we divided the rest of the dough into 28 pieces, shaped each one into a ball, then arranged them around the turkey to form the feathers. We had a bit of extra dough at the end so we used those to make the feet and the little gobble thing on the turkey’s face.
The bread then did its second rise for 1 hour, after which I cut two small slits in the face and inserted raisins for the eyes. Before baking I used the same egg wash we used on our teddy bear challah, then sprinkled the bread with 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar. It baked at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
When the munchkin woke up from his nap his turkey bread was all ready for snack and he could barely contain his excitement. I can’t decide what I like most: how much he enjoys making bread with me, or how happy he gets when he sees a new animal shaped loaf of challah!