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Bread Baking: Caterpillar Bread for Halloween

[Photographs: Donna Currie]

If you're going to put a creepy, crawly critter on the dining room table for Halloween, why not make it delicious?

Making bread in the form of a caterpillar like this one is not only cute and clever, it's also practical. The body segments are perfect rolls, and the legs are bread sticks. There's no need for cutting—segments separate neatly with just a little tug. This would be great for a party or just for a fun dinner with the family.

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If you're a bread baker, feel free to use this design with your own favorite bread recipe. If you're not a bread baker and you like the idea, you can use frozen bread dough, a bread mix, or any other easy and convenient bread dough.

If you're serving a lot of people and you're going to be making multiple caterpillars, consider making different types of bread dough and alternating them for an interesting color contrast in the body.

I like to use a fairly firm dough for bread sculptures; they behave better than wetter doughs that are more likely to spread or rise unpredictably. This recipe is simple and the dough works well for sculpted loaves. And it's the tastiest caterpillar you've ever eaten.

About the author: Donna Currie has been cooking for fun and writing for pay since the days when typewritten articles traveled by snail mail. When she combined those talents in a food column for a newspaper in her area, she realized that writing about food is almost as much fun as eating. She most recently launched the blog Cookistry and has now joined the Serious Eats team with a weekly column about baking.

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