Very Hungry Caterpillar Challah

I make a lot of things. Like, a lot. And most of the time I am really happy with what I have made, not all the time. Sometimes even when others really quite enjoy something, I can know that it wasn’t my best work or have some other nit picking problem no one else will take the time to notice. I have to say, not as often am I really so proud about something (other than my amazing child) that I┬áreally want to show everyone who will look. I become like that annoying mom who wants to show everyone her child’s baby pictures, but really I am referencing some thing I made. Well y’all, this was one of those times. We have themed weeks at camp and instead of standard braided challah, I get to dive into my creativity and make themed loaves each Friday for morning snack. Last week was bug week and I was really excited about my Very Hungry Caterpillar challah and it came out even better than I could have hoped.

very hungry caterpillar challah

Y’all, one word. KVELLING! I can’t even, this is one my absolute favorites, I will have to start sharing more of them because it is so fun and it is not such a popular thing. It all started with dough and a lot of food coloring. Yes, I said food coloring, not natural dye from steamed beets or whatever, just good ol’ food coloring. If you prefer to steam beets, rock on friend, rock on. I made the body by doing a thinner three strand braid of green dough. You can check out THIS LINK for how I make my challah dough, I do the same recipe for the most part. Make sure to shape the braid like the caterpillar on the book, I tucked one end and the end that they head would connect to I cut with my bench scrape so it could stick easier. ┬áThen I used a bit of red in a smaller circle for the head and just stuck it on.

very hungry caterpillar 2

After baking is when I broke out the fondant to make the rest of the pieces. I used black fondant to make little triangle feet and free handed the antennas and nose (those should have been in purple, which I thought I bought, but it turned out to be white). The eyes should be yellow on the outside and green on the inside, I didn’t find yellow so I made green ovals and then wrapped a thin strip of white around the edge and colored it with a yellow food coloring marker. It worked great. In case you are were wondering, everything I used was Kosher, what I found interesting, however was that even though all these products were from Wilton, they all had a different Kosher symbol. It was quite the educational lesson!

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The feet and antennas were just sitting on the tray under the challah and weren’t actually connected but if you wanted them to be, you easily could have inserted toothpicks. I am thrilled with the way they came out, like shout from the rooftops thrilled, but that isn’t safe so instead I just posted on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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