Bird Bread Rolls | #BreadBakers

 Soft in the center and slightly crisp on the outside, Bird Bread Rolls are slightly sweet. These make a lovely accompaniment to hot soup. Kids love to eat the little bread birds just plain or with some butter.

Winter has been pretty severe in our latitude so far. It hasn’t snowed yet but the low temperature   has caused the lotus pond to freeze and the adjoining birdbath looks like a massive piece of misshapen glass.

Simple things in life keep us going and give much more happiness than the grander affairs. And happiness never comes in large doses. Small flecks of happiness are all around us. It needs a receptive soul to savour these.

A rose finch peeping through a glass window is happiness.

A Black Lored Tit flitting on the branches of the Cherry tree and letting out sonorous notes is happiness.

We are the happiest people in the world when the Sun magically appears on a cold winter day, lifting spirits and letting rid of top layers of heavy clothing. For a moment, it feels that we are in Spring.

It was a warm day yesterday and we baked bird-shaped bread rolls for dinner. Happiness is also the squeals of excitement let out by the kids as they shaped the birds with balls of dough. It became an interesting family project and in no time we had a tray of bird rolls ready in the oven.

I kept the dough on the sweeter side. You may reduce the sugar. Use any bread dough that works for you. We got so excited with the shaping that we made the rolls twice.

 The first time, we made two birds and the next day, one bird. 

You may use whole wheat flour as well. In that case, you will have to increase the liquids.

Bird rolls were enjoyed with hot soup.


Bird Bread Rolls


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour/ whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk + ½ cup water (more if required and 2-4 tablespoons more if using whole wheat flour)
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons unrefined sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter (to brush warm rolls)
  • Few black raisins or choco chips for eyes
  • A toothpick.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour and salt. Keep aside.
  2. Mix milk and water and heat it until warm. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add yeast. Mix and cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Add oil and mix.
  3. Add dry ingredients and stir until a shaggy dough forms. Transfer to the counter. Knead to get a soft and smooth dough. Add more water only if the dough feels very dry.
  4. Transfer to a greased bowl. Turn around once to coat evenly with oil. Cover and keep in a warm place to rise for 1 hour or until almost double.
  5. Punch and knead for 1-2 minutes. Let dough rest for 5-6 minutes. Pinch out small balls of dough. Roll out one ball at a time into a rope of about 6-8 inches in length.
  6. Now tie each roll into a knot from the center. Lift one free end of the knot and shape it into the birds head. Pull out the beak. Shape the head and beak. The other free end of the knot will be the tail. Flatten it with the index finger and press it with a fork to make feathers. You can also cut with a knife and shape the tail feathers.
  7. Arrange the rolls on a lined baking tray. Cover and keep in a warm place to rise for 30-45 minutes or until puffy.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the rolls turn a beautiful golden.
  9. Transfer from the oven to the cooling rack. Brush warm rolls with butter.
  10. With a toothpick, make holes for eyes. Press a choco-chip / black raisin into the hole.
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  1. Cute looking birds, beautiful color they have!

  2. Your birds, both photographed and edible, are beautiful, Namita! I love that this became a fun family project. Perhaps your children will want to make some of the other breads we are sharing today!

  3. You are a constant amazement to me.....everything about this post is beautiful, calming and serene.

  4. Beautiful. Thanks for showing us how to shape them! I can't wait to try this.

  5. These are just so precious! What a beautiful roll!

  6. These are really cute birdies, love both bread and birds picture .

  7. These are incredibly adorable! Who knew that a little twist of the bread would create these darling little rolls!

  8. Those are absolutely adorable and amazingly shaped! And gorgeous color on them as well.

  9. Stunning birds! The color of the bread is beautiful. Lovely bird bread.

  10. Those birds are the cutest. I need to invite my little cousin to make some birds.

    1. I am sure that your cousin will really enjoy making the birds 😊


  12. Wow they look so so cute. It's amazing and the color of the bread or the bird has come out so well..Awesome

  13. You really make great breads. As an accomplished bread maker , can u tell me the difference texturewise between no-knead bread and regular bread.

    1. Hello! a no knead bread has an open crumb, while a kneaded bread has a closed crumb, its more like a store bought bread. No knead breads are made with a high hydration dough, we do a couple of stretch and fold before baking. If a no knead bread has a long fermentation time, it will have more complex flavours.

  14. All your bread recipes are truly exceptional. Its high time you start with recipe videos which would really help nivices like me.

    1. Thank you so much! That's so sweet of you. If you are on instagram, you'll find the video on shaping these in the highlights. My account handle is @ambrosiasoulfulcooking

  15. I am really excited to try your bread. I have the dough rising now. I just checked the temperature for baking and it says 380 C. When I did the conversion that is 716 F. My oven only goes to 500, and that is on the cleaning setting. Am I miss reading?

    1. Hello! That was an error. Thank you for bringing it to my notice :) The temperature is 180 Degrees C