I had this image in my mind for a while: to create breads shaped like little chicks peeping above the rim of some small cups. I actually tried a couple of times before I got it to work.
One of the problems I was previously having was that the breads I used simply didn’t rise enough in the oven to let them peep high enough above the rim.
However, when I made my pineapple buns, I knew this bread would have enough rise to generate what I wanted. I baked these guys inside the espresso cups and they came out just the right height. I took the leftover dough I had from the pineapple buns (after the first round of proofing), and set a ball in each one (the balls filled half of each cup). During the second round of proofing, these rose up close to the rim of the cups. Once they baked, they rose even higher, enough for me to draw eyes and stick a beak into each one.
I purposely put the sugar butter crust of the pineapple buns onto them too, to give a look of chicks hatching from an egg, with the top resembling some broken egg shells or perhaps some fur.
For the eyes, I used an edible decorating pen. For the beak, I used orange candy coated chips from Wilton. I use a sharp knife to punch a hole and then stuck the orange candy in.
I was really thrilled with how these turned out. But then I named them. And once I name something, I couldn’t possibly eat them. So I gave them to FH as a gift. Not sure what he did with them, nor do I want to. I’ll remain blissfully ignorant on this one.
To make the chicks:
1. Line espresso cups with parchment paper.
2. Place round balls of dough (after the first round of proofing) into each cup. The balls should reach about 1/2 to 2/3 of the cup. Let dough sit for an additional 30-40 minutes, until dough has doubled in size.
3. Place some of the butter sugar topping on top of each bread ball. Bake for about 8-10 minutes at 350F, until bread turns a light yellow/golden color.
4. Once breads have cooled, make eyes with edible decorating pen. Press knife into middle and stick an orange coated candy in the middle for the beak.
While we are on the subject of cute, I was going through some old pictures I took of my turtles when they were little babies. Not the best quality, but I thought I’d share a few.
I love this one in particular, even though it looks blurry because the tank is in between my camera and the turtle. I fed the turtle some lettuce and it chose to stick its head up at the exact moment that the leaf was above him, so that he ended up with a little leaf hat.
I also adore these pictures where the two turtles are peeping out of the log at the same time. These turtles were cute back then. Now they are big and get dirty so easily. They also aren’t very people friendly.