Next up from the Holiday section of the cookbook was Easter Bunny Bread. Just so you know up front, this is not an edible item, purely for show. Lots of fun to make with your kids though – and he’s kinda cute. Although mine turned out a little smaller since I had to give up some of my dough so my child could “make her own bunny”. Happy Easter everyone!
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus 1/2 cup for flouring the work surface)
2 tablespoons salt
4 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
2 cups plus 1 tablespoon water
2 whole cloves (I didn’t have any spare cloves lying around, so I used a couple decorative flower sprinkles)
1. Place the 5 1/2 cups of flour, salt, sugar, shortening, and 2 cups of water in a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix until incorporated. I ended up attaching my dough hook to my stand mixer and let it knead it a bit.
2. Sprinkle your clean work surface with some flour and place the dough on it. Gently knead the dough until it’s soft and smooth. Sprinkle with additional flour if it gets too sticky.
3. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
4. Cut or pull the dough into 2 equal parts. Shape 1 of the pieces into a smooth ball and place on a cookie sheet (you can line it with foil if you wish).
5. Cut or pull the remaining piece of dough into 3 equal parts. Shape 1 piece into a smooth ball to use as the bunny’s head. Pinch them together to connect the 2 pieces.
6. Pull off equal pieces of the remaining dough and create a small ball (about the size of a ping pong ball) to use for the bunny’s tail. Pinch to the body to connect.
7. With the 2 remaining dough pieces, roll them into thick ropes and flatten them slightly so they begin to look like bunny ears. Place the ears, evenly spaces, on the bunny’s head and pinch together to attach. Push a clove (or what ever you have laying around that resembles an eye and can be baked) into each side of the head to make the eyes.
8. Break the egg into the bowl and add the 1 tablespoon of water. Beat the egg and water until blended. Brush the entire bunny with the egg mixture to make him all nice and golden and shiny.
Pro Tip: Mr. Bunny can be sprayed with lacquer to make him last longer.