Last year, my dear friend Heidi, the Queen of Bread Shaping, wrote a tutorial on making teddy bears from bread dough.
I finally had a chance to try it out last weekend, and was delighted with the result – isn’t he cute? I used our Pain Viennois recipe, but the bear would probably have had more definition if I’d used a lower hydration dough.
I skyped Heidi midway through the process to ask for help and ended up having a lovely long chat with her as the bear baked…
If you’d like to try making a bear for yourself, Heidi’s instructions can be found here. I used the following dough proportions:
- Body 200g
- Head 100g
- Limbs 25g each
- Ears 16g each
- Snout 12g
We gave our bear to Small Girl, who marched across the road to pick him up. After she had disarticulated him with the help of her sisters, she turned to her mother and said, “Do you think Auntie Celia will make me a rabbit next?”
Auntie Heidi, do you know how to make a bread rabbit? ♥
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Edit: And look at what Auntie Heidi came up with – a bread rabbit for Easter! Her tutorial is here!