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Octopus and penguin-shaped bread bowls

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Fill their tummies and yours!

Soup's on! And it's super fun when you serve it in penguin or octopus-shaped bread bowls. The best part is there’s no bread-making experience necessary — just shape and bake!

Fill their tummies and yours!

Fill their tummies
and yours!

Soup's on! And it's super fun when you serve it in penguin or octopus-shaped bread bowls. The best part is there's no bread-making experience necessary — just shape and bake!

Penguin bread bowl recipe

Yields 2 large or 4 small penguin bread bowls

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups rye flour
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Black food coloring, optional (for brushing tops of rolls)
  • Cream cheese
  • Chocolate chips
  • Carrot triangles

Directions:

1

Make dough and form balls

Place ingredients in the pan of a bread machine. Select the basic/dough cycle and press start. When dough is done mixing and rising, remove from bread machine. Split into 2 or 4, evenly-sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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2

Shape into eggs and bake

Shape each dough ball into a teardrop or egg shape. Cover with a dish towel and let the dough rest and rise again for 15-20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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3

Brush baked bread with butter

Remove from oven and brush the tops with butter. If you'd like to make them darker, add black food coloring to the butter before brushing.

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4

Hollow out bread

Allow rolls to cool before cutting out centers. With a serrated knife, cut a circle into the loaf and hollow out the center area for soup.

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5

Make eyes, beaks and fill it up!

To make eyes, pipe circles of cream cheese, add a chocolate chip (upside down) and pipe another small dot of cream cheese. For the nose, attach a triangle-shaped carrot with another dollop of cream cheese. Fill penguin bread bowl with desired soup. White soup looks great!

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