Easter Bunnies

This year I made Easter bunnies for my kids and some kids in the neighborhood. I used a recipe I found here. Don’t worry, I’ll give you a  translation.

I made the whole recipe, but used only 25% of the dough for the Easter bunnies. Another 25% were shaped into Easter baskets and the remainig 50% were shaped into an Easter loaf which I don’t have pictures of. But I’ll include the instructions for the Easter basket as well as the Easter braid.

Ingredients:

  • 2,2 lb AP flour
  • 2,1 cups lukewarm milk
  • 3,5 oz sugar
  • 1 cube (1,5 oz) fresh yeast (or 0,4 oz instant yeast)
  • 5,3 oz softened butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 egg for egg wash
  • coarse sugar for decorating

General directions

  1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in milk
  2. Add almond extract and eggs to milk mixture and mix well.
  3. Put flour in a big bowl and add milk egg mixture, soft butter and salt. Knead well.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 2 hours or until doubled.
  5. Put dough on the counter and knead again. Divide into 3 pieces: 1 piece of 2 lb for the braid and 2 pieces of 1 lb each for the bunnies and the baskets.
  6. Shape Easter bunnies, Easter basket and Easter braid (see below).
  7. Put bunnies, baskets and braid on pans lined with parchment paper.
  8. Let rise for another 30 minutes.
  9. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle coarse sugar on the braid.
  10. Bake in preheated oven at 390°F: bunnies and baskets for about 20 minutes, braid for about 30 minutes.

Shaping directions for 8 Easter bunnies:

  1. Divide the bunny dough piece into 8 pieces of 2 oz each.
  2. Roll each piece into a strand leaving two knobs at one end.
  3. Form a loop with the longer end.
  4. Put the knobs on top.
  5. Cut the last knob with scissors to get the ears of the bunny.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures while shaping, but elkecarola who has posted her pictures here gave me her permission to use them.

Shaping directions for 5 Easter baskets:

  1. Divide the basket dough piece into 15 equal pieces of about 1 oz each.
  2. Roll all pieces into strands of equal length.
  3. Place 3 strands perpendicular to you and beginning in the middle of the “loaf” and working toward you, follow this pattern until you reach the bottom end of the dough: right outside strand over the middle strand, left outside strand over the middle strand.
  4. Pinch the end closed to seal.
  5. Rotate the loaf so that unbraided end is facing you.
  6. Continue braiding, but now weave the outside strand UNDER the middle strand until you reach the end of the loaf.
  7. Pinch the end closed to seal.
  8. Shape the braids around greased (on the outside, of course) ramekins and pinch the ends together.

Shaping directions for an Easter braid:

  1. Divide the braid dough piece into 3 equal pieces of about 10,6 oz each.
  2. Roll all pieces into strands of equal length.
  3. Place the strands perpendicular to you and beginning in the middle of the loaf and working toward you, follow this pattern until you reach the bottom end of the dough: right outside strand over the middle strand, left outside strand over the middle strand.
  4. Pinch the end closed to seal.
  5. Rotate the loaf so that unbraided end is facing you.
  6. Continue braiding, but now weave the outside strand UNDER the middle strand until you reach the end of the loaf.
  7. Pinch the end closed to seal.

6 responses to “Easter Bunnies

  1. what a great idea for next year. my grandkids will love them.

  2. Beyond cute! Loved it… I might try it next weekend and bring to the lab for our students (no kids in the house….. )

  3. Ooh, these are cute! Can’t wait to see the baskets you made. Thanks for commenting on my bunnies.

  4. Always makes me happy to see bread and then happier to see more fun shaping! Love the bunny!
    Thanks for stopping by my place.

  5. What cute, edible bunnies

  6. I love the bunny shapes! I never would have thought to do that with dough. Very cool. I’ll have to bookmark this one for next year.

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