My sister posted a picture of the cutest sourdough bear on her blog that a friend had brought her kids when she visited in San Francisco. It was so cute and I knew my kids would LOVE one! Nothing compares to San Francisco sourdough, but since I've never made sourdough (something I'd like to try soon) we used a regular yeast dough recipe. I made a batch of Portuguese Sweet Bread dough then let it raise an hour and a half. The recipe is a bread maker recipe, but since my breadmaker kicked the dust awhile ago, I made the dough in my kitchenaid. The only difference with the dough is I warmed the milk, added the sugar and yeast and let it proof for 10 minutes.
I separated the dough into 2 sections (1 for each boy) then divided the smaller sections into pieces for the head, ears, body, nose, and limbs. The boys had fun putting their bears together. Then we let them raise another 40 minutes, brushed liberally with an egg wash, and baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. The bread turned out PERFECT! The boys liked carrying the bears around and eating their limbs for dinner. We will be making these again.
They were so fun and easy! Maybe next time we'll make little bear shaped rolls, who knows. Thank you Megan and Stacy for the idea!!!!