Well, it was time for the Christmas Party at Church, and the pastor's wife said we should all bring "finger food". Being one for following instructions, I did just that. Being one who is very odd, and going to a church full of equally odd folks, I figured, this would be perfect.
Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies:
Strawberry Jam/Jelly/Spread (I prefer jam with seeds and fruit chunks)
Yogurt covered cranberries (Optional and substitution allowed of course)
Bowl or two or three
Step 2: De-Crust Bread
Simple. Cut the crusts off the bread, try not to waste any more than you have to.
Step 3: Flatten the bread
Flatten the bread, this will become the "skin" of your fingers.
(Yes, I am weird, I like a glass test tube for a rolling pin!!)
Step 4: Cut into Halves
Cut the bread in half, each will become a finger. Put one aside for now.
Step 5: Add jam
Add some of the strawberry jam, not too much or it'll squish out. This becomes the "Meat" in the fingers.
Step 6: Add a pretzel "bone"
Use the pretzel to spread the jam out as shown, then put the pretzel in place.
Step 7: Roll Finger
Loosely and Gently roll the bread, being careful not to squish the jam forward into the roll or out of the ends too much.
Step 8: Shape joints and fingertip
Look at your own hand, and notice how the finger decreases diameter near the end, and between the 2 knuckles. Shape the finger slightly the same way. Don't worry if it bursts or anything, but don't over-squeeze either.
Step 9: Add the fingernail.
Choose a nicely shaped almond slice. I prefer either pointy ones or well rounded ones, with some of the almond skin "brown" at the edges to look like the real thing. Dip them in honey and coat well. Honey on one side becomes "glue" while the other helps to give a nice grungy look. Do your final shaping to the end of the finger, and add a little honey there too.