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As a university student living miles--approximately 8509 miles--away from home, I always look forward to the holidays when I can go back to see my family, and when that time comes, I spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen baking up a storm.

Summer is the principal time during which I can refine my baking skills, as hectic school schedules don't permit me to perfume the house with the aroma of freshly baked goods, a much needed aroma that has the potential to calm my nerves before the exams.

In the summer of 2010, one of the things I focused on was making bread from scratch, a notion that used to send chills down my spine. I had heard of the horror stories of rock-hard loaves better suited for bludgeoning a burglar rather than for hedonistic consumption. The task was daunting, but I knew it was time.

Many spoonfuls of stubborn yeast and numerous bags of flour later, I did it with my own bare hands. I now felt comfortable and confident making my own bread.

But I wanted to take it to the next level. This Instructable is my result. It is a jam-filled loaf of bread shaped into a pig. When you slice into it, it will have you squealing like a surprised piglet!

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When it's time to return to school, I say my sad goodbyes, and lovingly leave my parents with a freezer full of baked goods and a hefty electricity bill.


tl;dr

Make a jam-filled loaf in the form of a pig. Cut into it for a "bloody" surprise. Great for Halloween.
 
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Amateur baker here.

I regularly use warm water to increase rising speed; and I have often found that the dough gets dry on the outside.

I would say that as long as there is no excessive buildup of condensation around the dough (as that will impact the amount of water in the dough, and thus its consistency and the all-important eating experience), it should be better, because the dough is kept uniformly moist.

I'd be interested what professional bakers would say about this.

Other than that, I like the bleeding pig! Although the soap syringe does seem a bit risky.
Hey every one i don't know! I just happened across this instuctibles when i felt like making jam filled bread and so read the comments. Now i am not a professional pastery chef but i did take a few lessons from people who do have degrees in cooking so i though i would share wat the ideal 'condiontions' for raising bread are.

First off once you have your bread at the right consitency (should beable to poke it and have it go back to original form) you are suposed to grease it and place it in a bowl to rise, my teachers told me to cover it with a damp cloth (preferably a cheese cloth) and leave it in a warm place. you should let it rise for one hour and then punch it, kneed it some more if you want. let it rise again for another hour. Thats what they told me. Also Becarefull with how hot the water is, too hot kills the yeast and then its useless... sob... so many yeast pakets... I sugest Rapid rise yeast becasue warm water isn't nessisary but can still be used. Um i hope this helped answer any woundering anyone may have had.
sholt3 sholt33 years ago
Ah forgot to mention my opinion on the steam thing lols... well i wouldn't do it only because it may cook the bread slightly if it gets too hot... but otherwise i see no problem, my teachers never said anything against it so oh well have at your shortcut.
How does a soap syringe sound risky? It would just clean the bacteria lol
Well, I'd be worried about soap contamination of the jam, but then again, I'm paranoid.
You should be, you did get rabies.
Desrosiers (author)  rabid_engineer3 years ago
I vaguely recall now... I think I read it in Jeffrey Steingarten's "The Man Who Ate Everything" about how a faster rise affects the taste of the bread because you don't give it enough time for complex flavors to develop. Something like that. So we may just be losing out a bit on taste by doing this method.
That is good to know. I'll compare the two next time I bake.
nicnak3 years ago
thats soooo cute, im going to make one, perfect for a floor picnic
hey this is a really good idea!
Kryptonite4 years ago
That's so cool! Nice job on everything, the complete hand done side of it makes it even cooler. You can really tell that it's a pig from your decals, looks brilliant! 5*
Decals??? I think I missed something...
Decals are like stickers for your car, pretty much decorations you stick on. I'm referring to the ears and nose being "decals", make it look all prettyful!
Yes, I know what decals are, I just didn't see them being used anywhere in this recipe. The ears & nose are hunks of dough, and the eyes are chocolate chips. It seems you're putting a bit of a twist on the word "decal", making it something of a synonym for "detail".  Quite creative wordsmithing.

Either way, "decals" or "details", I agree wholeheartedly with your overall assessment of the project.  Brilliant!!!
He he, thanks. I didn't know until about 30 seconds ago that decals weren't "decorations" they were vinyl stickers. :D
zazukain4 years ago
I wouldn't eat it, it's too cute.
sunshiine4 years ago
Sweet!
RobFS14 years ago
Lord of the Flies anyone?
jen77144 years ago
Great idea!! It looks great and you've written a great instructable. I will have to try making it sometime!