Turtle Bread, Gluten Free

This was just too much fun not to share with you! I love when food can become an activity for my kiddo. Making this recipe kept him entertained, engaged, and at the end of it we had a snack!

This recipe: 

  • Is a sensory activity
  • Teaches or reinforces a color
  • Allows them to learn about a new animal

If you are thinking, "I have no idea how to make bread," don't be turned off. Writing this recipe was the first time I ever made my own bread. I promise you can do it. 

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This recipe is: gluten free, egg free, and dairy free. 

Yields: two turtles, equaling roughly a loaf of bread. 

Ingredients

  • 1 T honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 T butter
  • 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour, plus 1/2 for dusting
  • 1 package of fast acting yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 raisins

How to Make it

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat honey, water, milk, and butter on the stove top on medium/low until warm. 
  3. While that is warming put flour, yeast, and salt into a bowl and mix. 
  4. Slowly pour the liquid into the flour mixture. Stir dough till well combined. 
  5. Once dough is easy to handle, turn over on to a light floured surface. Kneed the flour till well combined. Use extra flour to keep from sticking. 
  6. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. 
  7. Then kneed the dough and begin to form into turtle. 
  8. Separate dough in half, you will be making two turtles. 
  9. Break off five walnut sized balls. Then take the remaining dough and form a ball, flatten into an oval to make the body. 
  10. Tuck the four balls under the body to make the legs. Then tuck the fifth one to make the head. Take the raisins and make them into eyes. 
  11. Bake on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 12 minutes or until it is golden brown. 

Want some more fun ideas? Try using this awesome recipe as part of "green week."

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