This was fun.
On the difficulty scale.....I'd give it an 8 out of 10. The challenge for me was not in assembling the Panda, but rather in getting the consistency of the dough just right. It's fun to try at least once, so get your yeast out and let's rock and roll!!
Panda Bread Dough
3 cups of flour
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of salt
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons of green tea Matcha mixed with a tablespoon of hot water
1/2 teaspoon of black food coloring mixed with a teaspoon of hot water
Add the egg yolk to the milk and microwave for 1 minute. Set aside. In a mixer (preferably one with a bread hook attachment) Blend the flour, salt, sugar and yeast. After mixing for about a minute, add the butter and milk/yolk mixture and blend on medium until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Remove the dough from the mixer and split the dough into three pieces, two the same size and the third a bit smaller.
I used Green Matcha Tea to color one of the larger dough balls green.
The third dough ball isn't colored at all.....poor thing. :)
Once you reach this point, carefully place the dough, seam side down, into the bread
pan and cover with clear wrap. Let it rise for about an hour.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Once it's finished baking, turn the bread out to cool,