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Jack-o’-Lantern Bread

Makes 1 loaf or 4 small loaves (2 lb. total); 10 to 12 servings

Notes: Follow package directions for thawing bread dough. If making ahead, wrap cool bread airtight and hold at room temperature up to 1 day or freeze to store longer. Reheat (thawed, if frozen), loosely covered with foil, in a 350º oven until warm, 10 to 15 minutes.

 2 loaves (1 lb. each) frozen bread dough, thawed
 1 tablespoon beaten egg
 1 1/2 teaspoons milk
Step 1

Place loaves in a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 2

Punch dough down, knead loaves together in bowl, and shape into a ball.

Step 3

Transfer ball to an oiled 12- by 15-inch baking sheet. With oiled hands or a lightly floured rolling pin, flatten ball into an 11- by 13-inch oval. Cut out eyes, nose, and mouth; openings should be at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. (To make small loaves, divide dough into 4 equal pieces, roll into 4- by 6-in. ovals; eye, nose, and mouth openings should be at least 1 to 1 1/2 in. wide.) Lift out cutout dough and bake on another pan or use for decorations.

Step 4

Cover shaped dough lightly with plastic wrap and let rise until puffy, about 20 minutes.

Step 5

Mix egg with milk; brush over dough.

Step 6

Bake in a 350° oven until well-browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a rack. Serve warm or cool.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 211Calories from Fat 19
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.6g8%

Saturated Fat 1.1g6%
Cholesterol 9.2mg4%
Sodium 367mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 36g12%

Dietary Fiber 1.6g7%
Protein 5.8g12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.