Any bread dough of your choice that has gone through its first rising
Example bread dough recipe:
Recipe ID: 1863323
Chocolate chips etc. for the eyes
Bread flour for finishing
Jam filling - Recipe ID: 1783889
(or any jam
Divide the dough into small (15 to 20 g) and large (remaining 40 g) portions and roll each into a ball. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
Form the larger portion of dough with the seam side up into an oval, and then fold both sides in to make a teardrop shape. Press lightly with a rolling pin to neaten.
Roll out the small piece of dough into an oval and cut into half. Use one half for the beard, and the other half for the eyebrows, nose and hat.
Roll out the part for the bead little by little with a rolling pin while holding onto the edge with one hand. Form to the outline of the face, and press on lightly.
Cut the other half of the small dough into 5 pieces. Roll the 2 end pieces to make the nose and the pompom for the hat. Form the 2 thin strands into eyebrows. Roll the middle part out into a long strand and use to make the line on the hat.
Press the ends of the long strand of dough together to form a triangle, and put on the top half of the face. Place it so that it's not right on the edge of the base dough, but a little to the inside. Press the pompom on the top of the hat too.
Place the nose and eyebrows on. If any of the dough parts don't stick, dab a little water. If the face dough is too dry, the parts will fall off, so be careful.
Place the assembled bread on a baking sheet, and use your oven's bread rising function for its 2nd rising. As soon as that's done, preheat the oven.
Cover the face with foil, and dust the beard with flour using a tea strainer. Poke holes with chopsticks for the eyes and press in the chocolate chips.
Bake for about 12 minutes in a preheated 180°C oven. When the bread has cooled, fill the hat with jam.
I recommend this jam filling, Recipe ID: 1783889. It stiffens when cooled and doesn't slide off.
Make reindeer bread, Recipe ID: 1644559 to make a festive display for Christmas.
Story Behind this Recipe
When I uploaded my recipe for reindeer bread previously, it got a great response. I thought that Santa Claus bread would make a good match to creative a festive air.
If you put the piece of bread that defines the hat just on the edge of the face bread, it may fall off during the 2nd rising, so place it a bit on the inside of the outer edge. It does take some effort to form the bread, so make sure not to let the dough dry out while you work. You could also draw on the face using a chocolate decorating pen.