One of our favorite winter recipes here at Taste Buds Kitchen is Snowman Bread. Snowman Bread is a delicious and adorable treat–not to mention tons of fun to make! It’s the perfect indoor activity for a cold, snowy day.
Ingredients (makes 5)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 5 cups all purpuse flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 and 1/8 oz active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 and 1/2 cups warm milk
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- raisins to taste
- dried apricots to taste
- gumdrops to taste
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and salt. Set aside.
- Pour warm water into a large bowl and sprinkle in the yeast and sugar. Stir and let the mix sit for 5 minutes, until bubbles begin to appear.
- Stir in the warm milk, butter, and 3 cups of the dry ingredients. Stir in the remaining dry ingredients 1 cup at a time, mixing until the dough is stiff.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter top and knead for 5 minutes.
- Grease a mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and cover it with a dish towel. Let the dough rise for about 20 minutes.
- Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured counter top. Divide it into 10 pieces (1 for each snowman).
- Cut off the top third of each piece and shape it into the snowman’s head; shape the larger piece into a ball for the body.
- Place two balls on a baking sheet and pinch together. Cover and let them rise for 30 minutes.
- Brush the snowmen with milk and adorn with raisin eyes, a dried apricot nose, and gumdrop buttons. Cover the fruit and gumdrops with small pieces of aluminum foil so they won’t burn, then bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool on racks. Tie a ribbon around each snowman’s neck for a scarf.
Jessi Walter Brelsford, a former VP on Wall Street, turned in her calculator for a spatula when she founded Taste Buds Kitchen, providing kids and families ages 2-14 with creative and unique culinary adventures.