Bread dough (use the following for reference and make it however you like)
Or you could use pre-fermented bread dough
Each portion of bread dough
Chocolate chips for the eyes
Black soy beans or dried fruit for the noses
Topping or filling
Mix all of the dough ingredients except for the butter, into a bowl. Add the butter and mix well, then gather the dough into one lump and knead well.
Use the bread-rising setting of your oven for the first rising until the dough doubles in size.
Take the dough out of the oven and roll five 20 g balls of dough (for the antlers). Divide and roll the remaining dough into five balls for the heads (each piece should be 36 g). Let rest for 10 minutes.
Take the dough balls for the antlers and flatten into 8 cm long ovals. Use a knife to cut a line down the middle of the oval. Cut 3 notches on the left and right sides of the oval.
Spread the two halves of the antler dough to form the antlers. Take the dough for the face and roll into an oval ball, then place it on the pair of antlers. Flatten the part of the antlers where the head will rest.
For the molds, use individual pieces of parchment paper or flattened aluminum cupcake cups. This will make it easier to remove the breads from the baking sheet.
Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and let rise a second time with the oven's bread rising function (about 30-40 minutes). As soon as they rise, preheat the oven.
Use chopsticks to poke holes where you want to put the eyes and nose, and firmly press chocolate chips and black soy beans into the holes.
Bake the breads in a preheated oven at 170℃ for about 12 minutes.
The antlers will have a slightly hard finish at the part under the head where the dough is thin. You could decorate with icing, powdered sugar, or chocolate.
I tried making hats out of colored dough. It's more Christmasy.
Make it with the Santa Claus bread (Recipe ID: 1938111) to make a Christmas display.
Story Behind this Recipe
I thought, it would be nice to have a fun bread recipe I could make for Christmas.
The eyes and nose can easily fall out, so be sure to press them in firmly. It's also fun to draw the face after baking with a chocolate pen. Making the breads with your favorite filling is also delicious.