"This simple Italian bread shaped like an alligator will rock any New Orleans Cajun-style Mardi Gras event. You can easily shape it into any animal you like, as this dough lends itself well to handling and doesn't rise uncontrollably and distort your animal's shape. Make the dough in your bread machine, then shape it, let it rise, brush it with egg wash, and bake. To make other shapes, coloring book animals enlarged and placed underneath parchment paper make great guides!" — SHOGIRL
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For the dough:
warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 teaspoons
2 1/2 teaspoons
I made this bread to go with my cajun-themed Valentine's Day dinner. As an amateur bread-maker, I found the assembly directions were easy to follow and the bread tasted great. I made this in my KA and added an extra 1/2 cup of flour and a tsp or so of the Creole Seasoning Blend from this site (to marry the flavors of the meal). This bread made a great centerpiece for our table ... while it lasted! I can't wait to try it with other animal shapes.
I made this last weekend to go with my zoo themed meal. It tasted great and it made it so simple to have my bread machine do the mixing. Next time I will try to get my dough a bit stickier, I think. The parts didn't quite grow together and the eyes fell off, but I think with practice it will turn out better. I just stuck it together with toothpicks and it looked fine. :) I've never even made a regular Italian bread before, so I'm happy to have this recipe for a simple loaf.
Such a simple recipe that is also fun and easy to recall and make without a visual guide is a fantastic way to make people enjoy the food !
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Alligator Animal Italian Bread
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 10
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