Delicious and simple turkey shaped simple soft dinner rolls you can make it for Thanksgiving dinner table.
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.
Enjoy, here comes the recipe.
Turkey Shaped Dinner Rolls
- 41/4 cups /595g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 2 ¼ teaspoons/7g instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons/26g potato flour *
- 3 tablespoons/23g Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
- 2 tablespoons /27gsugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons/9g salt
- 4 tablespoons /54g soft butter
- ½ cup lukewarm water
- ½ cup lukewarm milk
- Egg wash If you want eggless do with 2 tablespoon melted butter
- *if you don’t have potato flour use a mashed potato, then adjust amount of water accordingly.
- Combine all of the dough ingredients in a bowl of kitchen aid stand mixer attached with dough hook, to make soft, smooth dough.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased container — an 8-cup measure works well here. Cover the container, and allow the dough to rise for 60 minutes, until it's just about doubled in bulk.
- Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly dusted work surface with all purpose flour.
- Divide the dough (1087 g) into 4 pieces, then with 272 pieces make oblong body and with 92 g piece make head, then with rest of dough approximately 20 g pieces makes about 37 dough pieces
- In a pizza pan lined with parchment paper place slightly oblong shaped body and then it is followed by head piece. Then make smooth round pieces of dough and feathers around the body and head.
- Cover the pans, and allow the buns to rise till they're crowded against one another and quite puffy, about 60 minutes. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. When you are ready to bake make two slit on the headpiece for eyes and stick two black currants. If you want you can stick black raisins too.
- After an egg wash and bake them for 30 minutes, until they're golden brown on top and the edges of the center bun spring back lightly when you touch it. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the center bun should register at least 190°F.
- After a couple of minutes, turn them out of the pan onto a cooling rack.
- Serve warm. Store leftovers well-wrapped, at room temperature.
- Enjoy as much you want.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) 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.