Now, before you oooooh and aaaaah over my creativity, I have a confession about this lunch idea:
It’s not original.
I found it forever ago on Susan Yuan’s bento blog — she used Pillsbury biscuit dough to make little stuffed bunnies for her child’s lunch. The bunnies were cute, whimsical, and I HAD to try the concept on my kidlets.
Like the Christmas stuffed biscuits I made for the kidlets last December, my Teddy Bear Biscuits have a simple filling of shredded cheese and sausage. But, you could use ANYTHING — pizza or taco fillings, steamed veggies … the possibilities are infinite with this lunch!
- Biscuit Dough (scratch made or canned)
- Desired Fillings*
- Decorative Elements for the Eyes/Mouth**
- First, save a tiny portion of your dough for making the ears and noses of your teddy bear faces.
- If using scratch biscuit dough, roll out the dough out flat and then cut out circles. . . if using canned biscuits, flatten each biscuit (by hand or with a rolling pin).
- Next, fill the center of the dough with the meat and shredded cheese.
- Fold the dough over the filling, pinching the dough "sides" together to seal everything inside.
- If needed, gently roll the stuffed dough between your hands to create a round shape.
- Place each biscuit, sealed side down, on a baking sheet or pan.
- Next, pinch off small amounts of your saved dough to roll them to make the ears and noses.
- Gently press the ears onto the top of the stuffed biscuits -- I use the back of a small spoon to help press each ear to the biscuit.
- Add the noses, pressing gently around the base to help it stick to the stuffed biscuit.
- For a darker brown finish, brush each teddy bear face with an egg wash.
- Bake according to the recommended temperature and time settings for your biscuits/mix instructions.
- Remove and let cool.
- One cool, you can add additional decorations, such as candy eyes and mouth shapes. I cut my mouths out of a bit of Nori.**