Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stork with Pacifier Treats

Stork with Pacifier Treats

1-1/2 pounds bread dough, thawed
1 large raisin
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 package (2 ounces) white fudge-covered chocolate grahams
1/3 cup vanilla or white chips, melted
17 assorted life savers
17 assorted jelly beans
Cake decorating sprinkles for pacifier (optional)

Cover the serving board with gift wrap, taping the wrap on the back side of board. Cover wrapped board with clear cellophane in the same way. Set board aside.

Stork: Divide bread dough into three 1/2-pound portions. Cut one portion in half.

For the stork's body, combine one large and one small portion of dough. Form dough into a 9-inch kidney-bean shape on a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut several 1-1/2 to 2-inch slits on the rounded left side of the body, forming the tail feathers.

Shape the remaining small portion of dough into two 7-1/2 inch ropes for legs. Place legs below the body. Bend left leg at a 90 degree angle 2-1/2 inches from the bottom, forming a foot. Using a sharp knife, make a 1-inch cut on each foot for toes.

Divide the remaining large portion of dough into three pieces. Roll two pieces together to form the heat. Divide the third piece into thirds. Shape two of the pieces together into a 2-1/2 inch long neck. Roll remaining piece into a 7-inch rope for beak. Fold rope in half.

Position the neck, head and beak on baking sheet, pinching the dough between the pieces to seal. Add the raisin for the eye. Cover dough and let it rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the egg and water. Brush over dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove bread to a wire rack to cool completely. Transfer to the covered board. Make a bow with the 1-1/2 inch wide novelty print ribbon and tie around the stork's neck.

Pacifiers: Dip one end of each chocolate graham into melted chips and attach a life saver. Dip one end of a jelly bean into chips and place in the life saver's hole. If desired, used melted chips to attach cake-decorating sprinkles to each graham.

Tie the 1/8-inch wide white ribbon around the bottom of the stork's beak, attaching attaching a pacifier at the same time. Arrange remaining pacifiers around stork on the serving board.

Recipe and picture from TasteOfHome.com

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