Caterpillar Bread with Beer and Bratwurst

by Michelle on April 24, 2011

I’ve had Caterpillar Bread on my ToDo List since about 2005 when I saw it posted on a cooking forum. I do remember seeing a similar recipe in one of my very first cookbooks either “Better Homes and Gardens” or “Good Housekeeping” published sometime in the early ’70s. Originally the Caterpillar Bread was made with hotdogs and garnished with ketchup, mustard and onions! The Caterpillar Bread just looked like so much fun to make and you can use any kind of sausage!

Since sausage tends to curve, I did insert a chopstick in the sausage and then parboiled it. When the sausage had cooled, I removed the chopstick and the bratwurst was perfectly straight making it much easier to wrap in the dough. Also the parboiling removed some of the fat from the sausage.

The Bread Bread is a super simple bread recipe and not only makes wonderful Caterpillar Bread it makes very good pizza and hotdog or hamburger buns. And the Caterpillar Bread works very well as an appetizer and is perfect for a Sunday brunch or afternoon snack when watching Sunday football or basketball.

Beer Bread
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

3-4 c. unbleached flour
1 pkg yeast or 1 oz fresh yeast
2 tsp honey
1 1/2 tsp salt
1-12 oz bottle or can of beer (I used Budweiser but any brand is fine)
2 tsp olive oil, to oil the proofing bowl

1. In the bowl of your KA mixer add the yeast, honey and a little bit of beer.
2. When the yeast has dissolved and with the mixer on low add 1 cup of flour and the salt.
3. Continuing with the mixer on low, gradually add the rest of the flour alternating with the beer until a soft ball forms and wraps around the dough hook. You may or may not use all the flour and if you don’t that’s fine. But you want a soft, non sticky ball of dough.
4. In a large proofing bowl add 2 tsp oil and dip a paper towel into the oil and swish the towel around the sides of the bowl making sure to oil the entire interior of the bowl.
5. Take the ball of dough and place it in the proofing bowl and then flip it over so all surface of the dough is lightly covered with oil.
6. Place a towel or plastic bag over the bowl and let the dough rise until doubled about 1-2 hours.

To Prep the Bratwurst:

Because sausage tends to curl when cooked, I inserted a chop stick in each link of sausage. Then I parboiled the sausage for about 6-8 minutes in a large fry pan filled with water. When the sausage was cool, I removed the chopstick and the sausage was perfectly straight!

To make the Caterpillar Bread:

1 Recipe of the Beer Bread
4 links of parboiled sausage about 10-12″ long (be aware that sausage does shrink 1-2″ after parboiling)

Garnish:
1 egg whipped with 1 tsp water (brush on bread before baking and then sprinkle with seeds)
Sesame seeds

1. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces.
2. Roll out each ball of dough into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick and the same length as a link of sausage and wide enough to comfortably wrap around the sausage plus 1/2″ for the lip.

3. Place the rectangle of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and wrap it around the sausage and pinch the seam together on the side.
4. With a pair of kitchen shears, cut the dough and sausage into 1/2″ slices, careful to not cut through the seamed lip.

5. Twisting and alternating every other section, 1 section to the right and then 1 section to the left, until you have completed each caterpillar.
6. Cover and let the dough rise for 30-45 minutes.
7. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
8. Bake at 350 degrees until bread is golden brown.

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  • rebecca April 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    wow what a fun bread Happy easter

  • Bonnie April 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    That is sooooo cool. I make beer bread all of the time. I love this idea! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Elwood April 25, 2011 at 6:08 am

    That caterpiller baked into a butterfly! Happy Easter

  • Oz the Terrier April 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Wow! That is some delicious looking bread! We will have to try this recipe. Thanks!

  • Tupper April 25, 2011 at 9:57 am

    You’ve just made my day. What a concept, I love it. Bread, sausage, sausage in the bread! This old dog just learned a new trick!

  • kat April 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Dip that in a little mustard, heaven

  • natalie (the sweets life) April 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I’ve never seen this before! What a unique bread!

  • Renee - kudos kitchen April 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This is so fun! I’ve never seen anything like it before. Very cool Michelle!

  • Feast on the Cheap April 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Looks so good…I mean SO good. I’d never heard of this before, but I definitely need to give it a shot!

  • macherie April 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    its yummy, it deserves more than a thumbs up..=D

  • patsy April 26, 2011 at 7:29 am

    What a fun idea! This would make a fun appetizer or game day snack!

  • Kristen May 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Totally going to try this. What a great idea!

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