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Do It Yourself Santa Bread

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Looking for Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations or Christmas ideas? Then check out this DIY Santa Bread with step-by-step instructions. It's super easy to make and you're sure to have a blast creating it!

Looking for Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations or Christmas ideas? Then check out this DIY Santa Bread with step-by-step instructions. It's super easy to make and you're sure to have a blast creating it!

Today I’m sharing how to make Santa Bread! I can’t tell you how much fun I had with this project! I was like a little kid and I know I had a big smile on my face the entire time. Even as it was baking, I couldn’t help but peek in the oven to see how it looked!

This project has quite a few steps, but I promise it’s not hard to make and won’t take very long to put together! If you have a favorite bread recipe, feel free to use it. My recipe is below.

As I began making the beard, my camera battery died and I had to use my phone. So, you’ll have to forgive a few fuzzy pictures. You’ll get the general idea though!

Looking for Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations or Christmas ideas? Then check out this DIY Santa Bread with step-by-step instructions. It's super easy to make and you're sure to have a blast creating it!

Base

Divide dough in half. (Keeping the half that you’re not working with covered when you’re not using it so it doesn’t dry out.) Roll out the dough to form your base. Stretch the top of the base and curve it to one side to form a cap. Place your base on a cookie sheet. (I sprayed mine with cooking spray.)

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Beard

For me, the beard was the trickiest part, mostly because I’m such a perfectionist! I found that the best way to get the correct shape was to roll out the dough and then measure it to the width of the base bottom. Don’t roll your dough too thin or it will get stringy and won’t puff up when you bake it!

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Using a knife dipped in flour, cut thin vertical strips to make Santa’s beard. I recommend rocking your knife up and down in a rocking chair-type motion when cutting your strips. (When I dragged it, the pieces became long, thin, stringy, and very hard to work with.)

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Continue cutting thin vertical strips the entire length of the dough, leaving a small strip at the top.

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Place your beard on the bottom portion of your base.

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Tuck any loose pieces of dough under the base to hide them.

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Mustache

Similar to making the beard, roll out a piece of dough for the mustache. Cut thin, horizontal strips on the sides. Gather the dough in the middle to make it look like a mustache.

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Place your mustache on your base, tucking any loose ends underneath your base.

Looking for Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations or Christmas ideas? Then check out this DIY Santa Bread with step-by-step instructions. It's super easy to make and you're sure to have a blast creating it!

Hat Band

Roll out a strip of dough for your hat band.(If it’s too wide, trim it with a knife to your desired size.) Place it on your base and tuck the edges under your base.

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Looking for Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations or Christmas ideas? Then check out this DIY Santa Bread with step-by-step instructions. It's super easy to make and you're sure to have a blast creating it!

Nose

Roll a large piece of dough into a round nose. Lightly press it in the gathered area of your mustache.

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Eyes

Roll two pieces of dough into eyes and place above your mustache.

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If desired, press raisins into dough for eyeballs.

Looking for Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations or Christmas ideas? Then check out this DIY Santa Bread with step-by-step instructions. It's super easy to make and you're sure to have a blast creating it!

Pom-Pom

Roll a large piece of dough into your pom-pom and attach to the pointed end of your hat.

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Brush the face, hat band, and pom-pom with egg yolk. Add red food coloring to the egg yolk and brush hat. Bake in a 350 degree oven until it sounds hollow when you tap on the bottom, about 30-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Looking for Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations or Christmas ideas? Then check out this DIY Santa Bread with step-by-step instructions. It's super easy to make and you're sure to have a blast creating it!

I made my dough in my bread machine using the following recipe. If you don’t have a bread machine, here are directions to make it by hand!

White Bread Recipe

1 3/8 cups warm water

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

4 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons dry milk

2 tablespoons sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. When it’s well blended gradually add the water until dough comes forms around the hook. Continue mixing until the dough is elastic and pulls away from sides of bowl, about 3 minutes. Turn out onto a floured work surface. Shape into a ball, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes.

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The Santa Bread is definitely cute just the way it is. If you’d like, you can dress it up with very little work. Brush the hat band and pom-pom with apple jelly and sprinkle with coconut!

Looking for Christmas crafts, Christmas decorations or Christmas ideas? Then check out this DIY Santa Bread with step-by-step instructions. It's super easy to make and you're sure to have a blast creating it!

And there you have it, adorable Santa Bread!

It has been years since I made this bread, but it was just as fun as I remembered. This Santa Bread makes a great gift, and you’ll love watching your friend’s and family’s faces light up when they see it!

 

You’ll also have a blast creating these DIY Egg Ornaments

diy egg ornaments

These DIY Egg Ornaments are not only adorable, but making them will be fun for the whole family.

19 Comments

  1. Emily E
    Emily E12-13-2013

    That’s awesome! My daughter and I will have to try that. :)

    • Tshanina
      Tshanina12-13-2013

      I’m glad you like it Emily! The two of you will have a blast making this bread!

  2. Candy
    Candy12-13-2013

    Looks great!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-13-2013

      Thank you!

  3. Stephanie @ From the Burbs to the Boonies
    Stephanie @ From the Burbs to the Boonies12-19-2013

    This is so cute! I have never seen bread made like Santa before :) What a perfect thing to take to a party. Definitely pinning this. And stopping by from Thriving Thursdays!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-19-2013

      Thanks Stephanie! You’re absolutely right – this would make a perfect hostess gift!

  4. Julie Jamison
    Julie Jamison12-20-2013

    What a cute and yummy project Tshanina! I might have to try this one even though I am not a baker! :-) Stopping over from Lovely Ladies Linky Party.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-20-2013

      Thanks Julie! You should definitely make this bread – it was so fun!

  5. Cynthia
    Cynthia12-21-2013

    This is absolutely adorable. I’m going to have to try it! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

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  8. janice
    janice09-27-2014

    this looks like so much fun, and very adaptable. i can’t wait to try it ;-)

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-29-2014

      It is a fabulously fun project, Janice!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Janet
    Janet12-09-2014

    Can you assemble ahead and then put in the oven 24 hours later?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-09-2014

      Although I’ve never tried making it the day before, I think you definitely could. My sister makes rolls the days before, puts them in the refrigerator, covers them tightly with plastic wrap, and they turn out beautifully!

      Please let me know how it turns out when if you decide to make it the day before!

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  11. Jessy @ The Life Jolie
    Jessy @ The Life Jolie11-23-2015

    This is the cutest idea- perfect for kids!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson11-25-2015

      Yes, and fun for kids of all ages.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jessy!

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