Snowy Day

006picture by Eva…two little bread men…2014

It was a snowy day today…unexpected by us all.  Schools were closed and many of us could not get out of our houses to get to work.  I become restless when my schedule is changed so I knew I needed to do something before I drove myself crazy.

I decided to try out the recipe for the little bread men and as you see above, two happy fellows with their raisin eyes and buttons.  I didn’t have any lemon peel, so I used orange…and I am happy to say, I will definitely use this recipe again.

I adapted the recipe from my other post and halved it…it made 4 bread men and 5 rolls…and it was definitely yummy.

Bread Men and Rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1 cup of hot water

1/4 cup sugar(you can use more to taste…up to 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup of butter(I melted mine)

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 egg beaten

peel from one orange(or lemon if you wish)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 1/2 teaspoons of dry yeast

3 Tablespoons of milk

4 cups of flour

raisins for the eyes and buttons(soak in hot water)

granulated sugar to sprinkle on top

foil/oil for baking pan

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a. put the hot water, milk, 1/4-1/2 cup sugar and the yeast in a bowl and let sit til frothy.

b. Pour into bowl(or bread machine with the dough setting) along with the flour and salt.  Mix well.  Add egg, vanilla and orange peel.  Mix until a soft dough.  Let rise once, punch down and rise again.

c. After second rising, cut a piece off to make the little bread man.  Make a rectangle and place it on the oiled foil.  With a knife, shape the head and cut for the arms and the legs…shaping along the way that gingerbread men look.  When done, brush with oil and put the raisins in for the eyes and the buttons. Sprinkle granulated sugar over the little man…and let rise til he’s chubby.  Do this for the others.  You could continue making little men or you can make buns with the rest like I did.  Stick raisins all over the top of the buns.

Let rise and bake for 15 minutes…until they are brown.

I was thinking about adding some fruitcake fruit/citron to the batter next time for a little more festivities for the buns.

They are yummy!  Let me know if you try it and how you liked them!

til next time, Eva 007The buns…some icing would be nice on top of these if you like….:)

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