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althetrainer

Bread sculptures

Little man has been asking to make bread sculptures so I am going to just keep the pictures here.  We've made a crab bread two day ago and his monster bread yesterday.  Today, I made an alligator bread, stuffed with ham and cheese.  This one is a bit different than the other two because this is a unbleached sourdough alligator.  Took about 6 hours to rise before baking.  Very fun to make.


 




Al



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dstroy

hee! Our 5 year old wants to know how you made the teeth!

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althetrainer

Haha, the teeth are slivered almonds.  I have used long grain rice and kamut in the past but we couldn't eat those.  Almonds worked out a lot better.


Al


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bobm1

i watched a baker on utube braid a 6' long gaitor. this is much nicer, not to mention the ham & cheese and my four yr,old loves it. trouble maker:)

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SylviaH

What a great looking gator.  I would love to see the dough cut-outs before cooking..Little Man has inherited your artistic talents...just gorgeous!


Sylvia

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ZD

Let's see some shots before baking. Do you just think them up and make them, or do you have a book?


Greg R

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althetrainer

Little man took the "remains" of the alligator to school for lunch today :-) so I probably will be making more bread sculptures this week.  I will try to remember taking pictures of the SD starter and dough.  It actually looked a lot more like an alligator before baking.  The whole thing shrunk in the oven and Mr. Gator got a nice tan but became fatter and shorter!  LOL


Grey, I don't have a book.  Sometimes I copy someone's ideas; other times I come up with my own's.  I already have a new one in mind, a silly cat.  Not sure if it will work, will know when I finally try it.


Al



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Daisy_A

Looks great! How did you make the scales - seeds or tiny pieces of dough or something else again?   Daisy_A

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althetrainer

Thanks Daisy!  I used sesame seeds in the dough.  Not only they improve the flavor of the bread but also create the rough "skin" texture for the animal.  The little spikes I created by pinching up three rows of "ridges" then snipping them using the tips of a pair of scissors.


Al



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jennyloh

Those are so beautiful gators - Al.  This is a piece of art....

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diah

That's awesome. Do you have any other design beside this. It's quite scary to eat. He..he..

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althetrainer

Thanks Jenny and Diah!


Diah, I have done something else that had been posted somewhere here on the TFL.  Here are the crab bread I made and the monster bread little man made:


 





Little man made this teddy bear for Easter Sunday



Some funny bread we made last year: Santa, T-Rex, Turtle, and Mr. Flabby Frog



And this one was a failed sourdough but was made it into Uncle Freddy anyway:



The frog bread idea I got it from here:


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/frogbread


A bucket full of fun!


Al


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althetrainer

I have promised to make another alligator and to take pictures before baking.  Here they are.  Little man insisted on making a scary one so I put an arm in this guy's mouth.  Hopefully it's scary enough for him.  :-)


A picture of my very active unbleached starter




How the starter looked in the jar:



Finished shaping Mr. Gator



A closer look of the scary guy:



Will see how much fatter and shorter Mr. Gator will turn out after baking! :-)


Al




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SylviaH

up like he ate the whole thing...love the teeth too!  Thanks for posting the before bake photos.


Sylvia

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althetrainer

We loved the teeth too!  We ate them first when Mr. Gator first came out of the oven!  :-)


Al



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althetrainer

I mean, baked! :-)


 




Al


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diah

Al


Hehe.. I like the crab loaf. So cute and adorable. But not the aligator with a hand in the mouth. But he still very cute. Al you and your man are great and artistic. This make me luv baking. I will make the crab loaf later. Can't wait to show my kids my little crab loaf. I try to make other design and will show you the pic once its bake.

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althetrainer

Can't wait to see your pictures!


Al



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diah

Al


Can I use buttermilk to substitute the milk for the crab loaf (recipe given by you for the frog loaf). Will there be great different buttermilk and full cream milk. Because I have buttermilk which I need to use before 10.5.10. If not I stick to the milk.


 

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althetrainer

Diah, the frog bread blog belongs to a different poster; the recipe is not mine.  Every bread sculpture I posted here is my original except the frog bread.  I have to give credit where credit is due.


Regarding substituting buttermilk for milk, I don't think it will be a problem.  There may be a subtle change in flavor but I doubt it will be too  noticeable.  Another purpose of adding milk into the dough is to create a softer crumb.  I suppose any milk will do just fine.  Hope this helps.


Al



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diah

Ok I already done with my bread sculpture. Just waiting for the 2nd rising. Is it alright if the 2nd rising I let it stand for 2hrs that is from 2.45 to 4.45pm. Cos I forget that I have to send my son for his dyslexia class at 3.30pm Oh my! I hope it's ok. Btw I did a crab and fish sculpture. My son can't wait to eat it. Hee.hee... Thank you Al I am having fun baking today. 

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althetrainer

Diah, I hope you're using sourdough this time.  I used my sourdough starter and first proofed my dough a bit over 4 hours, then again 2 hours after shaping.  As for commercial yeast, two hours for final proof probably would be too long.  The sculptures would over proof and go flat by the time you bake them.  Please keep us posted.  Best of luck!


Al



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ZD

Al thanks for posting the prebake pictures. You really have it down. I am guessing the proofing is critical as you can't slash and you don't want it to rip open. Keep sharing your works of art they make me smile.

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althetrainer

You're right about proofing.  Slashing after final proof definitely risk tearing the "skin".  I have to shape and sculpt everything before final proof.  Plus, if over proof the sculpture won't be able to hold up its shape.  I will try to come up with something else next time. It's been fun. :-)


Al



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althetrainer

I made a loaf of SD sesame bread today.  I purposefully made the dough extra large in order to save some for bread sculptures.  The extra was used to make four small fish, stuffed and decorated with old cheddar cheese.  Hubby and little man each ate one fish at dinner.  I saved the last two for little man's school snack tomorrow. 


Before baking:


 




Out from the oven:



Al








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Daisy_A

Oh they are so cute - they look like proper little fishes! Great bake. Daisy_A