Get creative with some pizza dough to make a fun spider!
We have made Dracula’s Drink, and had some mummy fun with Mr. Mummy Dogs. Today’s recipe is creepy, crawly, but also kind of cute! Spooky spider bread is another recipe that requires you to play with your food a bit, but you’ll have lots of fun, I promise!
To create Spooky Spider Bread you will first need to gather some ingredients. The bread dough we used in this recipe is basic pizza dough. You can also purchase frozen or fresh pizza dough to use. I’m not a huge fan of appliances that take up a ton of space, but I do really like my bread maker. Nothing compares to fresh bread made in the oven, but the bread maker is wonderful for a quick loaf or for making simple dough like the pizza dough. I add my ingredients in the bread maker and within 2 hours I have great dough to work with. We are sharing our favorite pizza dough recipe so you can make this in your bread machine. If you are going to feed a good amount of people, you may have to make 2 recipes of pizza dough so you have plenty of legs – we will explain more on that later. To finish up your Spooky Spider you will also need some grated parmesan cheese, 1 egg (farm fresh is the best!), some cut pieces of olive (optional), and your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a silicone mat. With the pizza dough, you are going to form your spider. For the head of the spider, you can roll a ball of dough that is about 3 inches. For the body of the spider, roll a ball that is about 5 inches. Carefully attach the head to the body of your spider on your baking sheet. Now add some spider legs by taking small pieces of pizza dough and rolling them into long “snakes”. Attach the legs to the spider body by pinching. Any pizza dough you have left, form into additional legs for dipping in the marinara sauce. You can scatter those on your baking sheet or bake those on a separate baking sheet.
Give your spider a brush with egg, and sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese. You can also add some olive eyes at this point too. Bake the Spooky Spider for 25-30 minutes. If you notice that the legs are baking faster than the spider body, you can cover the spider legs with some foil to prevent them from overbaking.
After the spider bread is fully baked, take out of the oven and allow to cool. You are going to now cut your spider bread to make a dipping bowl. Cut a circle at the back of the spider bread. Be careful not to cut too deep or too close to the edges. Gently out the cut circle and some of the extra bread (save to enjoy!). You now have a spider “bowl”.
Fill the bowl area with marinara sauce and serve to your guests! Use the extra spider legs to dip in your sauce. You can get creative and use different dips in your Spooky Spider Bread!
We have just one more Halloween inspired coming up, and its a little boney.