Santa Bread from Taste of Home

READY IN: 55mins
YIELD: 1 loaf




  • In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  • In small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter to 120 - 130.
  • Add to dry ingredients; buat just until moistened.
  • Beat in eggs until smooth.
  • Stir in enough remaining flour to form stiff dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into two portions, one slightly larger than the other.
  • Shap larger portion into an elongated triangle with rounded corners for Santa's head and hat.
  • Divide smaller portion in half.
  • Shape and flatten one half into a beard.
  • Using scissors or pizza cutter, cut into strips to within 1 inch of top.
  • Position on Santa's face; twist and curl strips if desired.
  • Use remaining dough for mustache, nose, hat pom-pom and brim.
  • Shape a portion of dough into a mustache; flatten and cut ends into small strips with scissors.
  • Place above beard.
  • Place a small ball above mustache for nose.
  • Fold tip of hat over and add another ball for pop-pom.
  • Roll out a narrow piece od fough to create a hat brim; position under hat.
  • With scissors, cut two slits for eyes; insert raisins into slits (I think you could use blueberry craisins for blue eyes)
  • In separate small bowls, beat egg yolk.
  • Add red flood coloring to one yolk; carefully brush over hat, nose and cheeks.
  • Brush plain yolk over remaining dough.
  • Cover loosely with foil.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack.