Bunny Bread

bunny bread

 

Always something fun for the kids at Easter.   Unfortunately I was having to much fun herewith my little helper and forgot to take pictures during the making of it.  Any idea I had of not including to many sweets in our Easter plans went out the window as soon as I seen this recipe. But hey, outside of Religious beliefs what is Easter without sweets.  So this year we are starting celebrations a week early with some Bunny Bread.  I used a little over half of the dough for these bunnies  and made the rest into a round loaf.

Accessories: Stainless bowl with roller and scraper
Quantity:  7 bunnies and a 9 inch round loaf
Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Ingredients:
This recipe calls for starting with a Roux which consists of
        3/4 cup milk
        1/3 cup white flour
In a heat proof bowl or small saucepan whisk this together till no lumps and then heat in microwave or on stove till thickened, allow to cool.

  • 3 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • approx 6 cups flour (I used 1/2 white, 1/2 fresh ground)

Heat the whipping cream to quite warm (but not to hot to kill yeast). Pour the cream into your mixing bowl, add the coconut oil to melt. Once melted add brown sugar, 3 eggs and then yeast.  Mix together well and allow to sit for about 10 minutes to activate the yeast (starts to bubble and raise a bit).  Once the Roux is cooled a bit add the condensed milk, salt, baking powder and chocolate chips to it.  Mix together till the chips melt.  Ad this to your batter in mixer.  Blend this together till smooth.  Slowly add the flour to the mixer with the speed dial set to about 2 oclock to just gently blend in.   Depending on the flour you use, you may not need the full 6 cups.  You want a nice soft dough that holds its shape but is still a bit tacky.   Knead this at about 5 oclock on dial and set timer for 8 minutes. After done kneading cover and allow to rise till about double.  Remove from bowl and shape into 7 bunnies whatever size you desire.  With little bits of dough shape ears and attach by wetting with a bit of egg white to get them to stick.  Place on pan about inch or inch and half apart so once risen they just touch. Once bunnies are raised  we added some sunflower seeds for eyes and pink decorator candies for nose. Bake in preheated oven about 25 minutes.   To serve we will likely add a small dish of butter in the center for Easter but my little helper much preferred the “bunny food” we used here.  Though this bread is quite rich it really tasted delicious with just a dab of butter. Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter.

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