Breadmaking for kids can be a tricky yet joyful activity - especially when you are shaping the bread into little penguins! Serve these breads in a buffet and they will certainly stand out

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl
Stir in the yeast, honey, cayenne pepper, mustard powder. Gradually add enough water to form a soft dough
Transfer to a floured surface and knead lightly for 5 minutes to make a smooth, pliable dough
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Kneading is a process where you alternatively stretch and press down on the dough to get air into it. Don’t flour your work surface whilst kneading, as this can dry the dough out
Gradually knead in the cheeses until incorporated, then divide the dough into 12 balls. Shape and roll the dough into long egg-shapes, which will form the bodies of your penguins
Room for a little one
Let your kids get involved by getting them to create the bodies of the penguins from the cheesy dough
Using scissors, cut a beak into the dough, then snip out wings at the side. Lightly dust a baking sheet with flour and lay the penguins on top
Cover loosely in a tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Brush the shapes with beaten egg, sprinkle over some poppy seeds to decorate the penguins and push the raisins into the dough to create eyes
Room for a little one
You'll need 2 little helpers for this step: one can be responsible for the poppy seeds and the other for the raisins
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. Once cooked, the underside of the breads should sound hollow when tapped
Leave to cool, and serve as you wish
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Cheesy penguin breads

  • 450g of strong white bread flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 7g of fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp of mustard powder
  • 285ml of water, warm
  • 115g of cheddar, grated
  • 45g of Parmesan, grated

To decorate

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 20g of raisins
  • 2 tbsp of poppy seeds


  1. Scissors

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Savoury cheesy bread shaped into penguins is an adorable alternative to both the flavour and appearance of dinner rolls