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It's a tradition: Christmas Bear Bread

IMG_4589_13 Probably one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is make bread. To me, something very miraculous  happens when flour, water and yeast come together as dough and then as bread or rolls or pizza and more.

At Christmastime I make a lot of yeasted breads, both sweet and savory but my most requested bread is for little bears made with a simple sweet dough.

Each one is shaped by hand, and when they are all baked, each has its own individual look and personality. I dress them up with holiday ribbons around their necks and cluster them together in a beautiful Christmas basket, and they are always part of my holiday table.

One year my mother was so intrigued with them that she made them for a dinner party to which she invited her parish priest. Each place setting had a bow bedecked bear. The guests loved them and thought them too pretty to eat so they took them home. The next day the parish priest called not to say how great the food was, but that he has forgotten his bear! The tradition lives on.

Get the recipe and watch the video here!


  1. Lilian D'Agostino's avatar

    Lilian D'Agostino

    Love your show and your new website. I have a question about the Little Bears. The recipe says that you need 3 balls of dough for the body but the picture shows only two balls. What should it be. Would love to try them this Christmas.

    Many thanks
  2. mary Ann Esposito's avatar

    mary Ann Esposito

    You need the third ball to make the ears, arms and legs with
  3. Sean M. Mallon's avatar

    Sean M. Mallon

    I would like to say that you're show is a breadth of fresh air. I'll also add that your site is so easy to get around.

    I did these little bears last year at Christmas, they were easier to form and bake than I thought. Well my friends niece saw the bears and said to me... Are we supposed to eat them or play with them. It broke my heart that I had to say eat them. They're to cute to eat.

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