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Whole Wheat Rudolph shaped bread on a wooden board
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Whole Wheat Rudolph the Bread-Nosed Reindeer

Give your homemade bread baking skills a whimsical twist by making this Whole Wheat Rudolph Bread Nosed Reindeer. Or, use store-bought frozen bread dough and follow the instructions for forming and shaping. Either way, your family, and friends will be delighted to see Rudolph making an appearance at the holiday table!
Prep Time5 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
rise time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time5 hrs 30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Yeast Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 115kcal


  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup warm water 110 degrees plus 3-4 additional tablespoons depending on humidity.
  • olive oil


  • To make the dough:
  • Place the first 5 ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk to combine.
  • Gradually add the warm water and use the dough hook to knead the dough into a ball.
  • *Note - if the dough seems to dry, add additional warm water 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed.
  • Continue kneading with the dough hook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Return the dough back into the bowl which has been oiled with olive oil.
  • Place a thin coat of oil on top of the bread ball.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled in volume (approximately 2-3 hours).
  • Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface and follow with the photo tutorial instructions for forming, and coloring the Whole Wheat Rudolph Bread Nosed Reindeer found here:  https://kudoskitchenbyrenee.com/whole-wheat-rudolph-bread-nosed-reindeer/
  • Once formed, allow the bread to rest again for 40 minutes. 
  • bake the bread in a preheated 425-degree oven for 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped, and is golden brown. Cool completely before serving and decorating with the gel food color (if desired).


 ‎Wrapped well, Rudolph the Bread-Nosed Reindeer may be frozen for up to 2 months.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.6mg