Bear in Tea Cups

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

These adorable bread bears in teacups are a fun way to serve bread for a special occasion dinner.


  • Your choice of bread recipe. You can use almost any yeast bread recipe to make these. I used the hokkaido recipe since I had too much dough to fit into one loaf.


  1. After first proofing of dough, take chunks of dough about 1 inch in diameter and roll to form round balls. Take smaller chunks to add two ears to each bear. Make sure to smooth the doughs for ears firmly into the larger face ball or else the smaller chunks may fall off when rising or baking.

  2. Let dough sit for second proofing so that they rise almost double in size. Place bear heads onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. For my recipe, it required baking at 350°F. I baked these until golden, about 15 minutes.

  3. After bread has cooled, place them in teacups. Use an edible decorating pen to draw eyes and nose on bear faces.

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