By Donna Erickson Signal Contributing Writer Combine a child’s love of playing with dough and a fascination with spiders, and you’ll have both a “hit” activity and a healthy treat when Halloween partygoers come to your house. Pre-party prep is a snap with prepared bread-roll dough. Simply clear the kitchen counters and let the kids work out their wiggles as they shape dough into balls and snakes to create their own creepy spiders. And they’ll love “painting” them with an egg wash before you pop them in the oven. Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need: —Prepared frozen white dinner rolls such as Rhodes brand (available in the frozen-food section of grocery stores) —1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water for several spiders —Poppy seeds or sesame seeds Here’s the fun:
- Each large spider requires two dinner rolls. Thaw the number of rolls you plan to use.
- Slice one-third off of one roll and let your child form a ball with his hands. Form a second, larger ball with the remaining two-thirds. Set aside. Slice the second roll into four equal parts. Roll each part into a 5-inch-long snake. To form spider legs, place two of the “snakes,” one inside the other, in a U-shape on a cookie sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Allow space between the spider legs to distinguish one from the other.
- With the remaining two snakes, form another U-shape going in the opposite direction, joining them together with the first two snakes at the curve. Place the two balls next to each other on top of the curve for the head and body.
- Let rise about 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees while dough rises.
- Brush some egg mixture on top of the spider. Sprinkle with seeds. Bake for about 20 minutes or until light brown. Remove and set on cooling rack.