Yes, these rolls look like bunnies! This vintage recipe is perfect for the kids table! Arrange these adorable bread bunnies in a basket and use as a centerpiece to keep the kids eating!
This recipe is from a 1959 vintage holiday cookbook. Look at that picture! LOL! You gotta love those Mrs Cleaver type moms that went the extra mile to make holidays special! These are really not difficult.
Give them a try. You can easily make them ahead and freeze them until the big day.
Easter Bunny Rolls
- 1 package yeast
- 1/4 c water, lukewarm
- 1 c milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
- 1/2 c butter melted in the hot milk
- 1/2 c sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 5-5 1/2 c flour
- 2 eggs, room temperature, beaten
- 1/4 c orange juice, lukewarm
- 2 Tbs grated orange peel
- Dissolve yeast in water.
- Blend milk, butter, sugar, and salt. Make sure that the mixture is lukewarm. Stir in 2 cups of the flour.
- Add eggs, beat well. Stir in yeast, orange juice, and peel. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a dough. Let rest for 10 minutes.
- Knead dough 10 minutes, or until elastic, on a floured surface. Place in a greased bowl, turn to grease top, cover and allow to rise until double. About 2 hours.
- Punch down, cover, and allow to rest 10 minutes.
- On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Cut dough in strips about 1/2 inch wide and roll between hands to smooth.
- You can make these into two kinds of bunnies.
- For twist bunnies (the one in the center, looks like it is sitting upright):
- For each bunny you will need a 14 inch strip of dough. On a lightly greased cookie sheet lap one end of the strip over the other to form a loop. Now, bring the end that is underneath up over the top end, letting each end extend to the sides to form ears. Pat tips of ears to make a point.
- Roll a small ball of dough and put it on the bottom loop for a tail. Let rise until double.
For “Grazing” Bunnies :
For each bunny you will need a 10 inch piece of dough for the body and a 5 inch strip for the head.
- On a lightly greased cookie sheet make a loose swirl for the body with the longer strip, and one for the head with the smaller strip.
- Place the head close to the body.
- To add the ears pinch off 1 1/2 inch strips of dough and roll to form ears. Place next to the head.
- Use a little bit of dough to make a small ball for the tail.
- Allow to double.
- The second rise will take from 45-60 minutes.
- Bake at 375 for 12 -15 minutes.
- Frost while warm with sugar glaze.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
To 2 1/2 c confectioners sugar add 1/4 c hot water and 1 tsp butter. Stir until blended.
Use this to brush over warm rolls.
(c)2008 Marye Audet