When Alice discovered that live hedgehogs were used as croquet balls and flamingos acted as mallets in the Queen of Hearts’ croquet match, she thought it was all very curious. Hedgehog bread rolls are a fun thing to make and certainly something that children will love getting involved with. They can be made using your favourite bread recipe or you can follow the one below.

YOU WILL NEED 8oz (225g) strong white flour 1 tspn salt 1oz (25g) soft butter 1½ tspns easy blend dried yeast 1 tspn caster sugar Approx ¼ pt (150ml) warm milk.

METHOD Place all ingredients except the water into a large warmed bowl and rub in the butter.

Make a well in the middle and gently add the warmed milk, until you have a soft dough.

nTurn on to a floured surface and knead for about ten minutes or until smooth and elastic. Pat into a large round, cover with a clean cloth and leave to rise for about half an hour.

nKnock back and cut into eight pieces. Roll each piece into an oblong shape, then shape the head by squeezing the dough gently.

Place the rolls on an oiled tray Add two raisins for eyes and, using a pair of clean kitchen scissors, make cuts on the surface to create the prickles.

Cover again until the rolls have doubled in size and cook in a preheated oven at 220C/425F or gas mark 7 for 20 minutes or until light brown.