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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


You can also just use frozen bread dough for added  convenience! 


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 16 whole unblanched almonds


  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the butter, brown sugar, 2 eggs, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 16 pieces. Roll each into a 12-in. rope; tie each into a knot. To form birds' head, tuck one end back into knots. With a sharp knife or scissors, cut two slits on opposite end to form tail feathers. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Beat remaining egg with water; brush over dough. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Insert an almond into each for beak. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.