Swiss kids love their bread animals made of Zopf dough. Various animals can be bought in bakeries, the most popular ones are the bread tortoise, mouse and hedgehog. During the next few weeks we’re going to show you how to make various animal shaped breads.
Recipe for 4-6 bread tortoises
After proving, cut the dough into 4-6 parts and make your animals according to the below instructions. You can stick the various parts together either with a little water or egg wash.
Place the animals onto a baking tray covered in baking parchment and cover them with a clean kitchen towel. Let them prove for another 30 minutes.
Then crack the egg and mix it. Using a brush, apply the eggwash onto the bread animals. You can now sprinkle them with sugar if you want to. If you can find it in your country, use coarse sugar. You can find this kind of sugar in any Swiss supermarket under the name Hagelzucker.
Bake at 180 C for 25-30 minutes. The breads should look nicely browned and sound hollow when you knock the base with your finger.