Introduction: Alligator Bread (aka Nomsters)

Every party (Superbowl and otherwise) ought to have some kind of bread  - and it's a bonus if the bread looks particularly vicious. Using store-bought bread dough (or homemade if you prefer), you can quickly and easily make awesome bread shaped like alligators (or other delicious creatures like Turtle Biscuits).

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

Software:
  • Store-bought refrigerated French bread dough (or homemade dough if you prefer) - you'll need one tube of dough per every two alligators you'd like to make
  • Raisins or dried cranberries (one per every alligator)
  • Egg beaten with a little water (optional - for egg wash, if using)
Hardware:
  • Sheetpan
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife

Step 2: Pop and Form

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Pop open and unwrap dough
  3. Divide dough in half and cut two slices off of each half
  4. Form each of the halves of dough into a rope approximately 12 inches long. One end should be slightly blunt, the other should taper to a point
  5. Form each of the slices into a thin rope approximately 5 inches long

Step 3: Getting Scaley

  1. Place each of the longer "body" ropes on your baking sheet, curving the tapered end up slightly into a "J" shape
  2. Gently lift the body and place the legs underneath so that there are two legs on each side
  3. Using scissors, make small cuts all along the top of the body to form small points
  4. Cut a raisin or dried cranberry in half and press into the head portion to form eyes
  5. Bake approximately 22 minutes or until lightly browned (note: if you'd like, you can brush an egg beaten with a little water over your breads before baking to give them a nice shine)
  6. Enjoy!

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spark+master made it!(author)2014-01-29

paint them with water and food color green and pink or whatever, or roll in black sesame seedsbefore sniping.

But those things are kinda guilding the lily they look great!

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susanchen2011 made it!(author)2012-08-01

Good idea.

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shesparticular made it!(author)2012-08-01

Thanks!

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Arbitror made it!(author)2011-02-04

I love the crunchy scales!

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-04

They're my favorite part too! I keep meaning to try making a slightly smaller version to use as a roll to make a sandwich.

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mikeasaurus made it!(author)2011-02-21

give me an alligator sandwich and make it snappy!

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AlpineButterfly made it!(author)2011-02-11

i love how they got fat & super cute in the oven!

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-11

They do get really cute, don't they? :)

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AlpineButterfly made it!(author)2011-02-11

This is awesome!!

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-11

Thanks so much!

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Happy+Turtle made it!(author)2011-02-04

Very cute. I'll bet this will be a big hit at the Univ of FL (home of the gators).

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-04

Thanks so much!

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krashok2010 made it!(author)2011-02-03

i can't find the difference between the table and the food... lol

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-03

Sorry about the color of the dough and my cutting board being a bit close in some of the pictures - hopefully it's not too hard to follow.

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instruct39 made it!(author)2011-02-02

thats pretty cool!

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-02

Thanks!

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instruct39 made it!(author)2011-02-02

your welcome, no prob!

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dreamexplorer made it!(author)2011-02-02

This is really awesome; I love baking breads. I haven't though about creatively shaping them until I read your instructable, but I've been exploring stenciling with flour. The technique in the following link looks better than what I've improvised myself (it uses a wet surface and sifted flour):
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/14829/need-advice-stencil#comment-93246

Thanks for the great idea!

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-02

Wow that's really beautiful, thanks so much for sharing it! I made these brownies a few years ago for Valentine's day and made/used a stencil, but I never thought of doing it on bread. Also, I didn't use any water so the powdered sugar didn't stick well - for sure something to consider next time I make them. Thanks again!

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kdave04 made it!(author)2011-02-02

This is awesome! The scales/spikes turned out really well. Way to go!

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-02

Thanks so much!

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happyjo made it!(author)2011-02-02

Ohh.. Cute bread!

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-02

Thanks!

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happyjo made it!(author)2011-02-02

:D SO who are you going for in the Superbowl?

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shesparticular made it!(author)2011-02-02

I'm a Chicago girl, so I'm still getting over the sting of the Bears not going :(

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happyjo made it!(author)2011-02-02

:D yeah, I am not much of a football or any other sport on TV but I want the Steelers to win! I won't be able to watch it though because I have a concert on SuperBowl Sunday!

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