As Thanksgiving is on next week, my daughter’s school has lots of activity with turkey. They also sent out a cut of turkey as a family project. I hard to try hard to get some coloring done, and now I understand why my daughter doesn’t want to do coloring. Finally I also did color in a hat and bow tie for the turkey and gave it to her school. Today they had Thanksgiving feast at her school; and she did a turkey tango at her school. Then I thought why we don’t make a turkey shaped dinner rolls at home, as my daughter will get excited.
I was first debating on whether to do a brioche or dinner roll turkey bread. Problem with brioche is that it should be eaten fresh and needs to finish within a day. Second day it will become stale. Also since it is rich dough, I would need to finish the entire thing, as hubby is not going to help me, and kids are also not a help at times. So decide to make turkey bread with this golden pull apart butter buns recipe from King Arthur flour. I got inspiration to make turkey shape from Sweet happy life which in turn was inspired from Nourishing notes.
Yesterday afternoon, when I started making the dough, I found that I need to adjust the amount of water. I end up reducing the amount of water and also increased the amount of flour. About 4 ¼ cups of All purpose flour is needed to make this bread. I didn’t use any egg in the dough; however I did does a egg wash to get the color of finished bread. If you want eggless version all together, you can brush it with melted butter.
For making turkey shape weigh the dough after its first rising. Then divide into 4 equal parts, take one part as it body, make it slightly oblong and place in parchment paper. Then divide the second part into two and use one part for its head. With rest of the dough make around 37 pieces. Make a smooth round and place it around the body of the turkey. With bits of dough make tongue as well as two feet and stick to head and body. Set aside for second rise of about 45 minutes and then make two slit for eyes. I used black currants for eye. You can also use black raisin if you have in hand. Finally when to you ready to bake, make an egg wash and bake at 350 ⁰F for about 30 minutes or until it become golden brown in color.
I was afraid that whether my creation was going to look like a turkey, but after baking, I was happy that it looks like a cute turkey. My princess and prince got excited. As usual mama told them you have to wait for photography session to eat them. We had them with my hubby’s famous pav bhaji. I think he cooks the best one in the world. If you have some extra time, give it try, it will really cute in your thanksgiving dinner table.
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This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.