Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hop on over...

How about serving this cute Bunny for your Easter Breakfast... This sweet Bread is always a big hit in our family. Serve it warm with a little butter and jam...Yummy! My girls always love helping me in the kitchen, except for washing the dishes of course. But this is a fun way of getting the kids involved with baking, forming the bunny's body together, and decorating it.


Happy Easter!!

xoxo Diana


Prep Time: 25 minutes
Wait Time: 1 1/2 hr
Bake Time: 30-40 minutes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 pck. dry yeast
1/2 cup milk (lukewarm)
8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
pinch salt
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1tsp grated orange peel (optional)

2-4 Raisins
1 Hazelnut
1 Egg yolk
1 tbsp Powder Sugar

1. In a large bowl sift the flour, make small impression in the middle and put yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup of the warm milk. Mix the yeast mixture gently with a fork including a little bit flour from the side of impression. Place a kitchen towel over the bowl, put bowl aside allowing yeast mixture to bubble (about 30 minutes)

2. Add into the yeast mixture the butter, salt, egg, vanilla extract, orange zest, start kneading the mixture together with the flour, slowly adding the rest of the warm milk. Knead until dough is smooth adding a little more flour if needed. Dough should be soft, not sticky!

3. Form dough into a ball, and place into a bowl (I use the same bowl, to avoid more dishes)
   Place kitchen towel over the bowl and put aside near a warm spot. Allow dough to rest about 1 hr,        dough should double in size.

4. Heat oven to 350 degree. Lightly knead the dough, cut into three parts, and form on a greased baking sheet the tummy, head and ears, arms and feet. Decorate the bunny's eyes with the raisins, place the hazelnut as the nose.

5. Bake Bunny about 20 minutes, take out of oven, whisk together egg yolk, and brush evenly over bunny, place back into the oven, bake for another 10-20 min.

6. After Bunny has cooled, mix powder sugar with a few drops of water or ( lemon/orange juice) use back of knife to paint the bunny's beart .