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Sat, Jun 21 2014 post by Jaclyn From growgators

Baby Gator Bread

Even though it's summer, you can still infuse a little bit of your love for the Gators into your summer barbecues! This recipe is also the perfect centerpiece for your tailgate this u...

Even though it's summer, you can still infuse a little bit of your love for the Gators into your summer barbecues! This recipe is also the perfect centerpiece for your tailgate this upcoming football season. Even if you're not a fan of the Florida Gators, this recipe is fun for kids. Rhodes Bake-N-Serv products are easy to use and create a wonderful base for many different recipes. From dinner and cinnamon rolls to pizza and bread dough, there is a bread to fit your baking needs! I personally loved that their bread dough was easy to manipulate -- no more creating dough from scratch! An added benefit for us, was that some of the Rhodes products don't contain soy; perfect for my soy intolerant hubby. The bread dough does, so that just meant more for my daughter and me. We can't wait to try more recipes. Keep reading for this fun recipe and the chance to win a cookbook!

Baby Gator Bread

Skills:Intermediate Prep Time: 15 min (not including thaw time which was approximately 2.5 hours) Bake Time:25-30 min

Tools

  1. Cookie sheet
  2. Scissors
  3. Small knife
  4. Bowl and whisk
  5. Brush

Ingredients

  1. 1 Loaf Rhodes™ Bread Dough, thawed but still cold. (There are 3 loaves in a bag)!
  2. 1 egg, beaten
  3. aluminum foil
  4. Cooking spray or butter for cookie sheet

Instructions

gator-bread-package-growgators1. Pick up Rhodes White Bread at your local grocer. Check the frozen bread section. gator-bread-thaw-growgators2. Thaw the bread for a couple of hours. It should still be cold so you can work with it easily. You can also thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Keep an eye on the bread; if it starts to rise, it gets harder to work with. If it gets a little sticky, dust some flour on your work surface. gator-bread-shape-growgators3. Cut a 2-inch piece off the end of a loaf of dough and set aside. 4. Stretch and roll the rest of the loaf to about 17-inches, forming a narrow tail and leaving a broad head. 5. Pull this end into a long, flattened mouth. gator-bread-sheet-growgators6. In the middle of the gator, cut two 3-inch lines horizontal to the body. 7. Cut in the middle of each line and pull each stump out to form legs. 8. Now place the gator body on a large, sprayed baking sheet. (I used butter instead of a spray). gator-bread-foil-growgators9. With a small knife, slice the mouth open about 4-inches. 10. To keep it open, slide in a folded piece of aluminum foil. 11. Roll up additional foil into log shapes and insert between folded foil. (Kid-friendly step). 12. Form an upturned ridge at the end of the nose gator-bread-six-growgators13. Divide remaining dough into 6 sections. 14. Roll 2 sections into oval teardrops for eyes. (Kid-friendly step). 15. Poke 2 holes very close together in top of gator head and drop eyes into the holes. gator-bread-feet-growgators16. For the feet, press 4 sections into triangles and cut toes. 17. Place feet under legs. gator-bread-cut-growgators18. With sharp scissors, clip jaw, back and sides of gator. gator-bread-egg-growgators19. Brush well with egg. (Kid-friendly step).microwave-timer20. Let rise for 15 minutes. gator-bread-bake-growgators21. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, open oven and gently press eyes together. I used tongs to squeeze them together. gator-bread-final-growgators22. Remove foil after gator has cooled completely. Serve alongside your favorite deli meats or even a chicken or tuna salad. This was a fun recipe to try. I've never shaped bread before and it took me a little longer than the 15 minutes the recipe said. I think I would be quicker next time now that I have the hang of it. We joked that mine sort of looked like Randall from Monsters Inc., but that didn't matter much once I tasted it - yum! I can't wait to bring this to our tailgate this coming fall in Gainesville when we cheer on the Gators!

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Baby Gator

Servings: | Skills: Intermediate | Prep Time: 15 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 25-30 min

A clever way to serve an ordinary sandwich

Baby Gator
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Ingredients

1 Loaf Rhodes Bread Dough, thawed but still cold
1 egg, beaten
aluminum foil

Instructions

Cut a 2-inch piece off the end of a loaf of dough and set aside. Stretch and roll the rest of the loaf to about 17-inches, forming a narrow tail and leaving a broad head. Pull this end into a long, flattened mouth.

In the middle of the gator, cut two 3-inch lines horizontal to the body. Cut in the middle of each line and pull each stump out to form legs. Now place the gator body on a large sprayed baking sheet.

With a small knife, slice the mouth open about 4-inches. To keep it open, slide in a folded piece of aluminum foil. Roll up additional foil into log shapes and insert between folded foil. Form an upturned ridge at the end of the nose.

Divide remaining dough into 6 sections. Roll 2 sections into oval teardrops for eyes. Poke 2 holes very close together in top of gator head and drop eyes into the holes. For the feet, press 4 sections into triangles and cut toes. Place feet under legs. With sharp scissors, clip jaw, back and sides of gator.

Brush well with egg. Let rise for 15 minutes. Bake at 350°F 25-30 minutes. After 10 minutes open oven and gently press eyes together. Remove foil after gator has cooled completely.



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