Today I’m sharing how to make Santa Bread! I can’t tell you how much fun I had with this project! I was like a little kid and I know I had a big smile on my face the entire time. Even as it was baking, I couldn’t help but peek in the oven to see how it looked!
This project has quite a few steps, but I promise it’s not hard to make and won’t take very long to put together! If you have a favorite bread recipe, feel free to use it. My recipe is below.
As I began making the beard, my camera battery died and I had to use my phone. So, you’ll have to forgive a few fuzzy pictures. You’ll get the general idea though!
Divide dough in half. (Keeping the half that you’re not working with covered when you’re not using it so it doesn’t dry out.) Roll out the dough to form your base. Stretch the top of the base and curve it to one side to form a cap. Place your base on a cookie sheet. (I sprayed mine with cooking spray.)
For me, the beard was the trickiest part, mostly because I’m such a perfectionist! I found that the best way to get the correct shape was to roll out the dough and then measure it to the width of the base bottom. Don’t roll your dough too thin or it will get stringy and won’t puff up when you bake it!
Using a knife dipped in flour, cut thin vertical strips to make Santa’s beard. I recommend rocking your knife up and down in a rocking chair-type motion when cutting your strips. (When I dragged it, the pieces became long, thin, stringy, and very hard to work with.)
Continue cutting thin vertical strips the entire length of the dough, leaving a small strip at the top.
Place your beard on the bottom portion of your base.
Tuck any loose pieces of dough under the base to hide them.
Similar to making the beard, roll out a piece of dough for the mustache. Cut thin, horizontal strips on the sides. Gather the dough in the middle to make it look like a mustache.
Place your mustache on your base, tucking any loose ends underneath your base.
Roll out a strip of dough for your hat band.(If it’s too wide, trim it with a knife to your desired size.) Place it on your base and tuck the edges under your base.
Roll a large piece of dough into a round nose. Lightly press it in the gathered area of your mustache.
Roll two pieces of dough into eyes and place above your mustache.
If desired, press raisins into dough for eyeballs.
Roll a large piece of dough into your pom-pom and attach to the pointed end of your hat.
Brush the face, hat band, and pom-pom with egg yolk. Add red food coloring to the egg yolk and brush hat. Bake in a 350 degree oven until it sounds hollow when you tap on the bottom, about 30-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
I made my dough in my bread machine using the following recipe. If you don’t have a bread machine, here are directions to make it by hand!
White Bread Recipe
1 3/8 cups warm water
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons dry milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. When it’s well blended gradually add the water until dough comes forms around the hook. Continue mixing until the dough is elastic and pulls away from sides of bowl, about 3 minutes. Turn out onto a floured work surface. Shape into a ball, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
The Santa Bread is definitely cute just the way it is. If you’d like, you can dress it up with very little work. Brush the hat band and pom-pom with apple jelly and sprinkle with coconut!
And there you have it, adorable Santa Bread!
It has been years since I made this bread, but it was just as fun as I remembered. This Santa Bread makes a great gift, and you’ll love watching your friend’s and family’s faces light up when they see it!
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