Turtle Bread

Turtle Bread


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About this recipe: A yeasted bread that's shaped like a turtle. Kids love it!


Serves: 15 

  • 1 (7g) sachet dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) warm water
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) hot milk
  • 20g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 raisins for decorating

Prep:40min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

  1. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Add the butter and stir until melted. Allow to cool until lukewarm.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the cooled milk mixture egg, 2 cups flour and salt. Beat well to combine.
  4. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes.
  5. Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Divide dough into seven pieces. One round 5cm in diameter, five rounds 2.5cm diameter and the remainder in one large round.
  7. Place the large round on a lightly greased baking sheet and flatten slightly. Shape four of the 2.5cm rounds into 'feet' and one into a 'tail' for the turtle. Shape the 5cm round into a 'head' for the turtle
  8. Attach each piece by flattening the end which attaches to the body, wetting it slightly with water and pinching it under the turtle's 'body'. Press raisins into the turtle's head for 'eyes'.
  9. Cover the turtle with as damp cloth and let rise for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 C.
  10. With a sharp knife, make crisscross cuts in the turtle's body to make the 'shell'. Finally, use a scissors to make a cut for the turtle's mouth. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

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