The dough itself is easy to make, but it is a yeast bread so plan ahead for rising time. While you are waiting you can boil and dye your eggs (or doll heads).
I dyed my eggs the plain, old-fashioned way. Food coloring, vinegar and hot water.
My luck with yeast breads has been spotty at best, but I did just fine with this one. The dough is a little elastic so it takes a bit of rolling when you are ready to "dress" your dolls.
this video I decided to divide my dough a little differently. I thought I'd let you have a look at both techniques and decide what works best for you. (In other words, if you are a person who wants exact portion instructions I'd suggest using the specifications on the recipe card.)
...crossing one side over the other. It's almost as if you are wrapping the egg-head in a scarf.
(I know you are loving my technical explanations)
Now you are ready to braid!
When all the dolls are braided, snip them evenly at the ends with a pair of kitchen scissors.
Traditionally, you would make two smaller pieces of dough to cross over the face of the head/egg. This is used to make extra sure the egg stays in place. I didn't like how it looked and my eggs were securely braided in and very stable. I like them better plain.
They are usually served as pictured above... but I just couldn't help myself. Something within me could not let these go faceless!
I used food safe markers to draw faces on after the breads baked. I keep Wilton color writers on hand, and they worked well.
Although this bread was easy to make, I did have a couple of glitches I'd like to mention. A couple of my dyed eggs became splotchy during the baking process. They were still pretty, but not perfect. My suggestion would be to dye a few more eggs than you think you'll need. I was able to pop out the ugly egg-heads and replace them with pretty, perfect ones. Again, after the baking process, when removing the egg-head I found that the dye had bled onto the bread. If you have an aversion to food coloring then this may not be the project for you. I have no problem eating a pink bread.
The egg is completely edible after baking (I had one for lunch yesterday). The bread is just slightly sweet and reminds me a little of pretzel dough, only softer.
I had so much fun making these, and having some little helpers around would only increase the fun! I love learning about others' traditions and I think it enriches our lives and those around us when shared.
Until next time!