After years of baking bread I started making fun shapes. My first attempts were using the entire batch of dough to make one large "Fun Bun".
I made a frog for the neighbor girls.
Then a mouse for my backdoor neighbor.
I tried a pig next.
Then a lizzard???
For Easter . . .
Decided to try bread stick dough and came up with an octopus and starfish, using sesame seeds for details -
Using sweet roll dough, dried fruits, and frosting, came up with Mr. Caterpiller.
I used caraway rye dough to give the color and texture I needed for Super Bowl Sunday.
Then a grand daughter asked for a monkey. For this I used a regular rye bread dough and the caraway rye bread.
Can't forget Santa . . .I took a picture of the before baking and after to show that some distortion occurs during rising.
For the ladies I needed a flower.
My daughter-in-law likes a glass of wine so I created a cheese bread "grape cluster" for her. I really like this one because #1 you can make different sizes and #2 the bun is so tasty that you don't need anything to go with it.
So, these are my edible centerpieces. I have since gone to making as many as 12 "fun buns" out of one 3 C. (flour) dough recipe. I'll post pictures of those and then share how to's.