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Frog Bread

Frog Bread

This evening I intended to bake the the bread for Bread Baking Lesson Two for this site. But I forgot to add one of the ingredients that I intended to write about in the lesson. This left me with a perfectly viable dough, just not the dough I wanted to use for my lesson. So I had to come up with another use for all of the dough I had made.

When I was little, we lived in the Mission District in San Francisco. There was a Mexican bakery there that used to bake a beautiful alligator-shaped loaf of bread. My wife and I were recently discussing this and came up with the idea of trying some animal shaped loaves ourselves. Since she runs a popular Frog Website, the first animal that came to mind was a frog.

Click the "Read More" link below for the dough recipe and information on shaping and baking Frog Bread.

The Dough

Below if the dough I used, but there is nothing special about it. If you have a bread recipe your prefer that produces a sturdy dough, by all means, use it.

6 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups lukewarm milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup water

Mix together all of the dry ingredients. Mix in the milk and enough water to make everything form a doughy ball. Turn the ball out onto a flat surface and knead for approximately 10 minutes. Return it into a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for approximately 90 minutes until the dough has doubled in size.

Shaping the Frog

I first took a large chunk of the dough and formed it into a ball. I then squished one end of it to make it a bit oblong. This formed the body of the frog.

Next we added the legs. I made a smaller ball of dough, cut it in half, and set each half behind the toad to form the rear legs. I made a small disc of dough and cut it in half and cut out some toe wedges to form the rear feet. Front feet, as you can see, were just little tubes of dough that we slit to create toes.

Eyes are just two small balls of dough. We pushed a couple of raisins into them to make them "googly eyes" at our son's request.

A slit across the front makes the mouth.

All set. I covered it loosely with a towel and let it rise for an hour.


After an hour I preheated the oven to 350. Right before throwing the frog in the oven I coated it with an egg wash. This was just a raw egg I scrambled up and then brushed over the dough. Doing this gives the finished bread a beautiful, shiny coating.

I baked it at 350 for 45 minutes.

Finished Product

It came out looking great I think. Our two year old son loved getting to eat a frog eyeball after dinner, and he is dying to have "frog butt toast" for breakfast.

Related Link: Rattlesnake Bread


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hi! came here from a link in your wife's website!! My three year old LOVED the idea so i spent an hour in the kitchen makeing frog bread a momma and five babies frogs(rolls) Kids LOVE them thanks to your creativity and your wife's love of froggies --cc south Texas!

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this looks cool

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i love frogs but i would never eat one like this though i wonder if it is good to eat :-P

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You are so cool! i love frogs to i have 20 of them!

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wen i was in school i made frog bread to it was so much fun and i have frogs to i love them

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This bread tasted AMAZING!!! Everyone at my house loved it! Thanks so much for posting such a cute idea!! 8-)

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i love frogs and this looks so goo so me and my mom are making some this weekend! Thankx for the idea. Its very cool 8-) . Did you come up with the idea or find how to make it? Well got to go and im glad you posted this.! Bye :-D

Katelynn S :-)

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I love frogs and frog bread! :-D

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thanks for calling it kool

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I think that your bread looks very fastenating.I love it.I was going to try it,But didnt have all the ingriedients.Thanks for posting it!! :-D :-) 8-) :lol: :idea:

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Heidi with 4 gr...

Thank you so much for this wonderful idea! My 5 year old and 3 year old helped me make Frog. The bread tasted great too. We used 50/50 unbleached white and fresh milled spelt. It was a little harder to shape, but it was very tasty and looked soo cool.

We added this project to our homeschool lesson on nutrition and the frog life cycle.

The kids had to eat the eyes first, of course.

Thanks again!

Paddyscake's picture

The sunflower is beautiful. You could also use some seeds for the center!

llynn19's picture

I think I am going to make a bunny for Easter since your frog turned out so well. Thank you for the idea.



for the love of baking

kskell's picture

Ok... so I made a turtle instead, but I HAVE TO SAY I LOVED IT!!!! 

My two year old is a BIG FAN!!!

Thanks a bunch!!!

sophie87's picture

Although I don’t like frogs but maybe I’m going to like the frog bread! It looks yummy! I’ll try the recipe at home.

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obat's picture

Very interesting, kids must love it, not just to eat but also help to make :)


peppy's picture

Very creative design for the bread. That not only looks neat but it is very cute!

diah's picture

Thank you for your recipe and creative ideas. This infact good for science project on life cycle topic. I will bake this for my son. But before he eat he have to understand the life cycle first. I think he will luv it.

littlelady_amy's picture

I was so impressed with your bread that i decided to make it for myself. It turned out amazing! I also made a turtle along the same principles and it's adorable, too. My nieces(8 and 6) think I'm an amazing cook now :) I think next I'll try making rolls instead of loaves - maybe fish and pigs?

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That is so cute! It will be my next project with my niece. Thanks!