AllSpicer Anna says: I used to make this with my mom and siblings. It’s a really simple recipe, so we could make most of it on our own. It’s something we could do together that didn’t involve copious amounts of arguing. Plus, it looks like a turtle when you’re done — and who doesn’t love food that is shaped like other things?

INGREDIENTS

2-1/2 to 3 Cups flour
1 pkg quick yeast
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 Cup water
1/3 Cups milk
1 Tbsp butter
1 egg

STEPS

Annas-turtle-breadMix 1-1/2 Cups of the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Heat water, milk, and butter to 125°F in a small saucepan on the stove, and stir into flour mixture. Add beaten egg.

Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle. Turn dough into floured surface, knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (about five minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel, allowing it to rest for 10 minutes.

Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Shape 4 walnut-size balls for the turtle’s feet, shape remaining dough to make a larger ball for the head, and shape remaining dough for the body.

Place turtle body on the greased cookie sheet and attach head and feet by placing 1 edge of the “appendages” underneath the body edge. Use raisins for the eyes. Cover again with the clean kitchen towel and let dough rise for 20 minutes.

Make a shallow criss-cross pattern on the body with a sharp knife to make the appearance of a shell. Bake in a 400°F oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least ten minutes before serving.

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