Part 2. I tend to do 2 steps for sketches. First I do an idea sketches, which is just brain storming ideas, compositions, and textures. Then I do an more detailed sketches thats is close to final with adding limited colors and values already so its easier to get critique and shortens time for myself to get to the final. Also in this class, research is very important which is good for future because you’ll do a lot of it for almost every illustration assignment.
Next in our parade of requests is Pokemon Poffins, requested by kaospersona. I highly recommend that you do this with friends (if for no other reason than because it’s fun and you are NOT kneading all that dough by yourself.) I followed what seems to be the norm in making these by kneading the food coloring into the dough. If you wish (and if you have enough mixing bowls), you can always divide up the ingredients and mix the food coloring in with the wet ingredients, which is by far much easier than trying to get a smooth color while kneading.
As many of you know, the fillings vary from one type of poffin to another. The choice as to what type of jam or jelly flavor you use is entirely up to you. You don’t even have to use a jam or jelly: for my bitter blue poffin, I made a cream cheese dip with dill, parsley, garlic salt, and pepper, and used that. Your options are endless.
2 - 3 cup Flour, and more as needed
½ cup Milk
2 tbsp. Sugar
½ tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Butter
1 tsp. Yeast
Sprinkles or seed toppings
Jams, Jellies, and other fillings of choice
Prep Time: 1 ½ hrs. | Bake Time: 10 - 15 min.
Makes: 8 - 10 poffins
Step 1.) Follow the instructions on your yeast packet to prep the yeast. Wipe down a surface where you will be kneading your dough.
Step 2.) In a mixing bowl, combine your milk, sugar, salt, butter, and 1 beaten egg.
Step 3.) Add in 1 cup flour as well as the yeast. Combine, then slowly add in the remaining 2 cups of flour until you have a kneadable dough (this may take more or less flour for some.)
Step 4.) Flour your kneading surface and your hands. Split your dough into 8 - 10 pieces and begin the kneading process: Add in 1 - 2 drops of food coloring if desired, then food the ball in half and knead for 8 - 10 minutes. Do this with all of the pieces of dough (see? This is where your friends come in handy. If you are also intending to have more than one of a color, you can wait until the second kneading to split up the dough to make things go faster.)
Step 5.) Spray a wide-bottomed bowl with cooking spray and place the kneaded balls into the bowl, rolling them around to pick up the grease. Cover the bowl with a towel when done, and allow to rest for 50 min.
Step 6.) After the first rest, knead each ball for 1 - 2 min. and allow to rest again for 10 - 15 min.
Step 7.) Preheat oven to 350
°F.With a rolling pin, flatten out each ball until it is large enough that you can easily fit 1 tbsp. of filling (there should be about 2 inches of dough around the filling.) Pinch the dough closed around the filling, careful to not let any slip through (your poffin will come apart.) Be sure that the dough has combined along the seam- even if there is no filling in the seam, it can still come apart if it wasn’t pinched together enough.
Step 8.) Gently mold your poffins into the desired shape and arrange them seam-down on a greased baking sheet. (you may need to do two batches, as they will expand.) Beat the second egg and brush the tops with the egg. You can use this to glue the sprinkles to the top of your poffin.
*Tip: as you will see in the picture below, the egg can brown on your poffins, so if you don’t want that, just use the egg to glue on the sprinkles and don’t brush on any extra.
Step 9.) Bake for 10 - 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 min. Serve warm!
There were a few that broke open during the baking process, but even those were gobbled up by my roommates and me. The bread is soft and mild, a good base for any filling you choose (even if you have to scrape it off the pan and back into your poffin!) This was a fun recipe to make, and I would like to do them again sometime to try out more fillings!
It’s been a while since I’ve colored something so thoroughly; simple coloring styles are just easier to get out there. I can’t decide if I like the stark white background or that pinky color I associate with them.