Step 3: Make the Fossil Shells

Set the rolled-out dough aside and retrieve the portion you reserved earlier.

Test that it's pliable enough to work by hand - roll a small ball between your palms - if it flakes or crumbles, soften the dough by working in a little more milk or water - just cut and mix it into the dough with a knife.

Take small pieces of dough and roll them into long, tapered cones.

Mark a series of evenly-spaced lines all the way along - either with the blunt side of a knife, or by rolling a small balloon whisk gently along.

Starting at the thin end, carefully coil up the dough into a spiral, then slice off the thick end square to make the shape of an Ammonite shell

Carefully transfer the shells to their places on the rolled-out slab - make an assortment of different sized shells (the larger ones fit into the circular depressions made earlier - the small ones can go straight on top)  Roll some of them up the oposite way, for variety.
<p>Making a fishy (only in design, im not that bad a baker) version. Great idea</p>
made them but they didn't look as pretty! used a water bottle as a rolling pin since I didn't have one. May not have added enough liquid to dough. like how they came out though
<p>As someone who has a diploma in culinary arts and a degree in geology this is my perfect recipe!! I love it :) Thank you for sharing</p>
If I wasn't allergic to gingerbread I'd so make this, great job it's both fantastic &amp; adorable as hell.
Is it the spices you're allergic to? If so - you could try a different flavouring (a tablespoon full of cocoa powder maybe)
I'm not sure, it's just when I eat gingerbread my throat tightens up to a point where I can't breath it sucks.
Brilliant idea - must try this. Looks delicious too.
The geologist in me couldn't help but give this 5 stars. Really fun looking, and no doubt delicious. A plus!
Love this... welldone :)
What a clever idea, and so well executed!
What an incredibly clever 'ible. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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