Benicia, California-based One House Bakery has created a creature out of bread that’s as terrifying as it is tasty. The massive character is called dough-Ki, inspired by the Marvel television show Loki, specifically the alligator that is a variant of Loki—a Loki from an alternate universe. One House Bakery co-owner Hannalee Pervan, with the help of her mom, fashioned dough-Ki completely from carbs by using buns and loaves to mimic the scaly texture of an alligator. They also included the character's defining feature—golden horns. The result is amazing; who knew bread could look so intimidating?
A love of Loki is what inspired Pervan to sculpt dough-Ki. “My mom and I were talking about how much we loved Loki alligator in the show,” she tells My Modern Met, “and my mom got super excited and said we absolutely had to make him out of dough this year!” To give the creature the look and feel of a real alligator, they used leather tools. “We had to adjust the consistency of the dough to be a bit stiffer so the patterns wouldn’t bake out when they went into the oven,” Pervan explains. “My mom made each scale and cut it out and then we glued them on individually or stuck them into wet dough.” This was a long—but well worth it—process that they started in August and finished just in time for the spooky season.
Dough-Ki was created as an entry in Benicia’s 2021 Downtown Scarecrow Contest, in which local businesses fashion their own versions of scarecrows and the public votes for their favorite. If you’re local to the Bay Area, check out dough-Ki in person outside of the One House Bakery.