About this recipe: This simple white bread is shaped like an alligator for loads of family fun. Great for children's parties. You can easily shape it into any animal you like, as this dough lends itself well to handling and doesn't rise uncontrollably and distort your animal's shape. Make the dough in your bread machine, then shape it, let it rise, brush it with egg wash and bake. To make other shapes, colouring book animals enlarged and placed underneath parchment make great guides!
Vital wheat gluten is also known as gluten flour and can be found in health food shops.
Dried currants or dried cranberry pieces can be substituted for the raisins to form the alligator's eyes.
I made this bread to go with my cajun-themed Valentine's Day dinner. As an amateur bread-maker, I found the assembly directions were easy to follow and the bread tasted great. I made this in my KA and added an extra 1/2 cup of flour and a tsp or so of the Creole Seasoning Blend from this site (to marry the flavors of the meal). This bread made a great centerpiece for our table ... while it lasted! I can't wait to try it with other animal shapes. - 14 Feb 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I made this last weekend to go with my zoo themed meal. It tasted great and it made it so simple to have my bread machine do the mixing. Next time I will try to get my dough a bit stickier, I think. The parts didn't quite grow together and the eyes fell off, but I think with practice it will turn out better. I just stuck it together with toothpicks and it looked fine. I've never even made a regular Italian bread before, so I'm happy to have this recipe for a simple loaf. - 23 Jun 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Such a simple recipe that is also fun and easy to recall and make without a visual guide is a fantastic way to make people enjoy the food ! - 21 Aug 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)