Piggy bread

Piggy bread

Piggy bread

Piggy breadPiggy bread

{Piggy bread}

Preparation time: 30 min plus resting time

Cooking time: 15 min

Yield: 16


  • 300 g strong wheat flour
  • 1 sachet (about 5g) instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 level teaspoon salt
  • 40 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg (medium size, about 50 gr)
  • 175 ml whole milk
  • white non pareils and black edible pen for the eyes


  1. Put the flour and yeast in a bowl and combine. Add the sugar and salt
  2. Pour the egg and milk into the bowl.
  3. Use a large spoon (or pastry scraper) to mix everything together.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead. You will feel the dough become elastic after kneading for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the butter and knead the dough for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny.
  6. Put the dough into a lightly floured bowl and cover with a cloth.
  7. Let the dough rise in a warm place until its size doubles (1 – 1 ½ hour depending on room temperature).
  8. Take the dough out of the bowl, deflate it by touching lightly.
  9. Cut the dough into 16 pieces, and roll each of them (excepting one we will use for the ears and noses) into a ball.
  10. Place them inside a cupcake case, and let them rest for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 400º F (200 º C) and prepare small ears and noses with the remainig dough. Roll the dough, and with a round mini cookie cutter (or an apple corer) make cut small circles for the nose. With your hands, shape into ovals, and make the nose holes with a toothpick. Then make some more circles. Cut these in quarters for the ears
  12. Stick the ears and the nose to each ball using with brushing them with water
  13. Bake the piggy bread for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown
  14. Let the breads cool, draw the eyes with a black edible pen, and attach them using some royal icing (see “notes” for alternatives)

  • If you do not have white non pareils,
    you might just draw the eyes with a black edible pen like I did here, or use some pepper, melted white and dark chocolate…
  • You might fill the bread with any filling of your choice, sweet or salty (do it before forming the balls)
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  • Autora : Sandeea Cocina

    17 Comments a “Piggy bread”

    1. 1 November 2012, 3:27 pm - Stefani

      These are adorable! They’d be perfect for an Angry Birds party. If you don’t have the white non pareils, you could also use candy eyes. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    2. 1 November 2012, 10:25 pm - Rowena (Apron and Sneakers)

      Your blog is so beautiful. I can sit here for hours looking at all your pictures and reading your recipes. I’m adding you to my blog roll. I hope you don’t mind. Thanks!

    3. 5 November 2012, 12:46 am - Gesche

      I found your piggy bread on foodgawker and I’m totally hooked with your recipes and images!
      Next weekend I will bake piggy breads, I promise :))
      Thanks a lot! And I’m really curious about your next ideas :)

    4. 6 November 2012, 5:12 am - Jenn@slim-shoppin

      That’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Love it!

    5. 9 November 2012, 9:34 pm - Emma

      I absolutely love these! So cute and love the tails!

    6. 15 November 2012, 5:56 pm - Dee

      These look great. I want to make them for my little sister’s birthday as she loves pigs.

      Where did you get those pink spotted case from?

    7. 19 November 2012, 4:29 pm - SandeeA

      you can get them in http://shopsweetlulu.com :)

    8. 19 November 2012, 4:30 pm - SandeeA

      I want to see them, please! Thank you :)

    9. 19 November 2012, 4:30 pm - SandeeA

      Thanks for your comments! :) Have a nice day!

    10. 14 January 2013, 10:21 am - Taneith Lanyon

      Happy Monday.
      thankyou for sharing these little guys they are super cute. i’m a huge fan of your blog, your recipies are wonderful and so are your photos.

      thanks again

    11. 6 March 2013, 7:09 pm - Zoe Ann

      Love anything to do with pigs!! These are so cute. Hope to give them a try.

    12. 12 April 2013, 7:37 pm - Aly

      I saw this on G+.A brilliant recipe that my 5 year old would love to try.

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    14. 12 August 2013, 3:53 pm - Tysmama

      I would love to make the piggy bread with my son cause he loves pigs.. but everything is measured in grams and i cant find a good ingredient converter app can you email me the measurments in cups and table or teasppoons please.. thank you..

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