Welcome to the 2nd HBinFive Bread Braid

by Michelle on December 15, 2009

Whenever I bake my three Rottweilers like to keep me company in the kitchen but I can not maneuver in my kitchen with three fully grown Rottweilers under foot! So I’ve drawn invisible lines on the floor that are not to be crossed and the dogs know exactly where the lines are located. And my male Rottweiler, Archie, generally claims the most coveted spot safely outside the invisible line yet just close enough to spy any thing that falls on the floor! The dogs know that they can not begin a food search until I give the command “scavenge” and then all three bolt into the kitchen and the search is on!

In the below photo, Archie’s wide-eyed, confused expression is because he knows he is well over the invisible line and he’s wondering why I’m taking a photo and not correcting him. He’s like frozen in place waiting for the correction-of-death which consists of a tug on his collar and then the final blow of “Bad Boy”! OH…the shame of it!

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As I stood at my island rolling out dough, I had no idea what I was going to make and I glanced down at Archie and thought “This boy is definitely due for a pup pedicure”. And then it hit me! Hmmmm…..Rottweiler Claws! And being I have wanted to make Zoe’s Bear Claws for a while now, my decision was made. Of course I’d have to put my own spin on the pastry and I just happened to have absolutely everything I needed….YES!

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Rottweiler Claws
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

1/2 Recipe of Whole Grain Challah with Cranberries and Orange Zest (Makes about 12 Rottweiler Claws)

My alterations and additions to the Whole Grain Challah Recipe:
2 c. AP flour
1 c. White Whole Wheat Flour
1 c. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/4 c. soft butter
1 tsp Vanilla
Fresh Yeast

Filling:
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. golden raisins
Zest of 1 large Naval Orange
1/4 c. ground almonds

Topping:
Egg Wash (1 egg slightly whipped with a tsp of water) or Cream
Coarse Sugar
Whole Cashews

In a food processor add cranberries, brown sugar, raisins, orange zest and ground almonds and mince. Set aside.

Roll out dough to a little bit less then 1/4″ thick. Cut into about 6-8″ squares.

The filling will be sticky and easily formed into 5-6″ logs. Place a log of filling at about the half mark.

Dampen the short end and down the sides of the square with egg wash and then flip it over the filling log and tap it down so that it adheres.

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Trim the toe area to about 1″ and then cut the 5 individual toes. I know dogs only have 4 toes and a dewclaw but only 4 toes looked silly…so I’m using my pastry maker’s license.

Curve the Paw area into a crescent so that the toes separate and spread out.

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I brushed with Egg Wash but it came out sort of blotchy where the sugar is and I’m not quite sure why this happened. I think if I had brushed with cream my Rottweiler Claws would have been prettier, if it’s possible for Rottweiler Claws to be pretty!

Sprinkle with course sugar. Press 1 whole Cashew into each toe to make the claw.

Cover and let rise for about an hour.

Bake at 350 degrees until Claws are a nice golden brown.

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Below are more of my creations I made with our Bonus December Recipe, Whole Grain Challah with Cranberries and Orange Zest. Just click on the title link to find the post and recipe.

Poppy Seed Roll

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Whole Grain Challah with Cranberries and Orange Zest

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  • Anne December 15, 2009 at 2:05 am

    How cute! And the bread recipe has got to be fabulous. I love challah!

  • RJ Flamingo December 15, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Michelle, you are such a stitch! Rotty Claws – love your creativity! Just wonderful!

  • Femalechef December 15, 2009 at 2:26 am

    OMG I LOVE THE CLAWS!!! What a clever idea………

  • Ezzie December 15, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Great ideas! BTW I love the rottweiler claws! One of my former roommates raised rotties and I loved seeing her with them!

  • Joanne December 15, 2009 at 3:06 am

    I’m so excited about this! Can’t wait to see how everyone else’s bread came out.

  • TeaLady December 15, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Too creative. challah et all look wonderful.

  • Fresh Local and Best December 15, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Wow! What a cute and realistic looking pastry!

  • Di December 15, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Lol. I love the Rottweiler claws, especially since I love cashews. =) Everything that you made looks delicious.

  • Megan December 15, 2009 at 4:32 am

    What a gorgeous dog – he is something spectacular, that’s for sure.

    And I love your creative license with the claws – they almost look too good to eat!

  • Barbara Bakes December 15, 2009 at 5:03 am

    This was the best post of the day! Rottweiler Claws cracked me up! Too cute!

  • Cathy (breadexperience) December 15, 2009 at 5:12 am

    What a great idea! I love the Rottweiler claws and the Poppy Seed Roll. Beautiful!

  • Judy December 15, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Everything looks delicious. I can see how Archie would be inspirational. What will he inspire next, I wonder?

  • Gwen December 15, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Hilarious and very clever! I was amused about the line the dogs can’t cross over. I wish I could get mine as well trained. They do come when I call them for clean up, although our signal to them is to call out “clean up on aisle two.”

  • Joanna December 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Wow, Michelle, you are such an overachiever! All of your variations are so lovely!

  • girlichef December 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    You always do the coolest variations! The bread looks awesome…but the claws and the roll are simply fabulous! YUM 😀

  • Kat December 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    How cute. Very creative! You have taught your dogs well. Archie is so darn cute!

  • Raelyn December 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate! Loved this recipe.

  • Megan December 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I love the pups! Too cute! and the pup claws. Your so talented! I wish I would have done any of these variations. I’ll be remembering these creations for sure! Nice job!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen December 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Your Rottweiler claws are a riot! My daughter and husband have a big dog and they would get such a kick out of those.

    The poppy seed roll looks scrumptious too!

  • Erin December 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Love the Claws!!! Very creative indeed!!!

  • Bread Over Heels December 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Michelle – Love your claw variation – How creative! I have to make the poppy seed rolls, they look great. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cristie December 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Got to love it when you use family members in your kitchen! The claws look perfectly wonderful. I have at pass these along to several friends that are large K9 lovers.

  • Maria December 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    The claws are too much fun! Love them! And I love your dog!

  • Gene December 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Loved getting to see the picture of your babies and the Rotty claws are a great idea. Rather get clawed by those than the real things!

    Have a wonderful Holiday season!

  • Femalechef December 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I bought almonds to make your almond loaf…..my mouth is watering!!!

  • Cindy December 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Love the Rotty Claws, and how well mannered the dogs are while your baking :)

  • Melissa December 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    The claws look incredible!! I had to laugh at your “scavenge” command since we use the command “vacuum” for my little Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher mix.

  • Kayte December 15, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    When I saw the title, I thought, “Hmm…what do you suppose this is going to be????” LOL…I should have guessed. Clever idea, very nice. I have seen that look Archie is giving you many time on Vash and it always just melts my heart. Great look claws!

  • Cheryl B. December 15, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Goodness Michelle, {chuckle, chuckle, chuckle …} They say that a person with a truly artistic spirit can get inspiration from anything …. you just proved it right 😀 WONDERFUL!!!

    I shared with you that I don’t care for almonds, cashews on the other hand are a totally different subject!!!

    While updating my site Sunday evening I re-found that I had a guest book and a message board 8-p Yup, still wondering about myself …. ;-b Any-ways, you had left me a note saying you had gotten new glaasses but still might need surgery after the new year starts …. for your eyes? What’s up? Brian has had four different surgeries on his eyes – and none for the ‘normal’ reasons …. Hope all goes better than well!

  • Katrina December 15, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, LOVE the claws! And the other two breads look divine!

  • Heather December 15, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    1) I want one of everything I just saw. 2) Is that FACE the FACE of an absolute angel or what?! I’d pay for kisses from that big ole’ pooch!

  • Laura December 16, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Oh, wow, I loooove those dog claws.

  • Ezzie December 16, 2009 at 2:35 am

    I have been going through reading all the blogs about their breads and this group is pure heaven to me! Thanks for doing such a great job!

  • GA Jane December 16, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Your claws are as cute as Zoe’s…
    My husband loves anything with poppy
    seeds… Where to start! When do you have time when you also run our great Bread Braid? Thanks so much!

  • Ezzie December 16, 2009 at 3:01 am

    As you suggested Michelle, I’ve linked my Brioche Part III to this site. Thanks for the great comments and for urging me to do so!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 16, 2009 at 4:02 am

    LOVE this one! So cute… making the rottweiler claws was such a great idea. Cute picture of your doggy, too. My yellow lab loves to play sous chef in the kitchen, too.

  • Kim December 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    You are so clever and creative. Those claws are perfect! Not to mention I bet they were delicious with such a wonderful filling. I’m inspired by your choices with this dough!

  • Jen December 16, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I think that is the first time I’ve ever seen a rottweiler claw before! brilliant!

  • Jenny December 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I love the toenails on the Rottweiler claws! And that poppy seed roll looks so yummy! I’m glad this recipe was used because it challenged me to try braiding dough, and I was pleasantly surprised.
    ~Jenny~

  • Danielle December 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I love seeing the pictures of your doggies….reminds me of my rottie, Bruno (best dog I ever had). The claws are great!! and the breads are beautiful.

  • mangocheeks December 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Very ver creative.

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