Bread Turtle
It's easy to make a bread turtle! Just follow these instructions to make your own cute bread turtle with the kids.
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Makes: 1 Turtle
Example Dough
  • 600 g (20 oz) strong white flour
  • 360 g (11½ fl oz) lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
For the glaze
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp water
Preparing the Example Dough
  1. Add the yeast to the water, mix and leave for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.
  2. Put the flour and salt into a bowl and mix. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast/water. Mix to form a smooth dough.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly-oiled bowl, cover and put in a warm place to allow the dough to double in size.
  5. Knock back the dough on a floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes. Return to the oiled bowl, cover and put in a warm place to double in size again.
  6. Turn the dough out, knock it back and form into a ball.
Make the turtle
  1. Cut off 4 small pieces of dough for the legs, a larger piece for the head and neck, and a smaller piece for the tail.
  2. Shape the remaining dough into a smooth ball and place on a lightly-greased baking tray.
  3. For the head and neck, take the piece of dough and press out into a rectangle. Roll up along the long side, fold in half and press out into a rectangle again. Roll up along the long side and roll the dough on the work surface. Place alongside the turtle's body on the baking tray.
  4. Now tear two small pieces of dough from the tail piece. Roll them into balls in your hands and place on the turtle's head to form the eyes.
  5. Roll the tail piece into a ball, then roll out slightly on the work surface. Place at the back of the turtle.
  6. For the feet, roll each piece of dough into a ball, roll out on the work surface and place in the correct place on your turtle.
  7. Place the baking sheet + turtle in a large plastic bag to prove for about 30 minutes.
  8. Prepare the glaze and brush it over the turtle. Make criss-cross slashes in the body of the turtle to mimic the shell.
  9. Bake at 190°C/375°F fan oven, 220°C/430°F normal oven, for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
You can use any dough you like for this recipe. The dough I have used is just for the purposes of the demonstration.

When placing the legs, etc. there is no need to press them together. As the dough rises it will join all the pieces together.

Why not post a picture of your bread turtle on my Facebook page!