Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Honey Bear Loaf #BreadBakers

This adorable little honey bear is a great addition to the family dinner table when there are going to be young guests.  I made one large bear but you can make several small bears so that each person at the table has his/her own little dinner roll bear.

Honey Bear Loaf

I served mine as part of the Christmas Dinner Buffet.  Unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo of it plated up prettily.  Holidays are hectic.......

Stacy of Food Lust People Love runs a fun group called Bread Bakers.  Each month one of the bloggers in the group chooses a theme and the rest of us bake a bread that incorporates the theme or ingredient.  This month Stacy is hosting and asked that we bake up some animals......

Honey Bear Loaf

Well, we didn't actually bake animals, we shaped bread dough into animals and baked them.  Let's take a look at what animals were created.......

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

What a fun theme....I wish I could have had my Angel Face helping me when I made this bread but she was still thrilled when she saw the end result. 

Family Christmas Cookbook

This recipe is from The Pillsbury Family Christmas Cookbook, published in 1991.  When Tony and Nicole were young I purchased this book and it has come out every year since.  It is full of fun ideas to make and cook with the family.  Like Snowmen on Skis made with popcorn balls and candy canes.  Easy to make candies and cookies.  Ornaments for kids to make and place on trees.  Complete themed menus to make meal planning easy.  And, of course, this Honey Bear.

I think perhaps next year I will make the dove that graces the cover of this cookbook that has now been packed away with all my Christmas stuff.

Breads, Holidays, Family Fun,
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Honey Bear Loaf

Honey Bear Loaf

This adorable little honey bear is a great addition to the family dinner table when there are going to be young guests. I made one large bear but you can make several small bears so that each person at the table has his/her own little dinner roll bear.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 30 Mininactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 3 Hour


  • 3-3 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 T. baking cocoa
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. warm water
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T. butter, room temperature
  • 1 T. honey
  • candies, icing, sprinkles, etc  for decorating


  1. Combine 1 cup of flour, the sugar, cocoa, salt, cinnamon and yeast in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  
  2. Heat the milk, water and 1/4 c. butter in the microwave until very warm (120-130*).
  3. Add warm liquid, vanilla and eggs to the flour mixture and mix on low speed until blended, increase speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes longer.  Turn speed back to low and stir in additional 1  1/2 cups of flour.  
  4. Switch to dough hook and knead in the remaining 3/4 cup until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding more flour, 1 Tablespoon at a time, as necessary.
  5. Remove dough, form into a ball, spray the bowl with cooking spray, return the dough to the bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Punch down the dough to remove any air bubbles.  Divide the dough into half.  Shape half of the dough into an oval for the body of the bear.  Divide the other half of the dough into equal parts.  Use half to form the head.  Pinch of two small pieces to form the ears.  Divide the remaining dough into 4 equal pieces and form the legs.  Attach all the pieces of the bear, cover loosely and let rise for another hour, until doubled in size.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown.  While bear is baking combine the softened butter with the honey.  When bear is done baking brush generously with the honey butter and return to the oven for another 5 minutes to set the glaze.  Cool and decorate as desired using additional honey to attach the candies. 


Adapted from a recipe found in Pillsbury Family Christmas



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  1. SO cute! Yes, the holidays are hectic. But this little guy would add a delicious sweetness to a chaotic gathering.

  2. Your sweet honey bear would be perfect all year round at any family gathering, Wendy!

  3. This is just adorable! I love the idea of mini / individual ones too. Lindsey would have a blast helping make teddy rolls!

  4. Honey bearloaf is just cute love this version.

  5. That cookbook is a great find! You'll definitely have to get it out when angel face comes over and make this again! I love the sprinkle buttons!

  6. Honey bear bread looks delicious. I love the idea of making them small. I like the honey-butter glaze. I would love to try this glaze in my bread. With cocoa and cinnamon, it must smell like heaven when you bake this and on top of that honey glaze.... it should taste divine!

  7. That's a very creative way to please the little ones!

    best...mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  8. Honey bear is so cute and adorable, had fun creating these animals!

  9. The bear is the cutest! I'd love to try that dove too.

    1. Yes, that is on my list too and it is filled with almond....YUM

  10. I would love to eat this cute bear with some soup :-)


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