I love Yeast Dough and I love to Bake so it's no big surprise that I love to bake this little Bunny's for all the Kids in the Family.
They are delicious alone or cut open and spread with homemade strawberry jam.As you can see on the Pictures its pretty easy and I promise you everybody will love them. I will even send them to YeastSpotting, they are just to cute that I just need to share.
You don't have to make them into Bunny's you can do what ever you want.
Even a little Owl is possible
3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup + 2 T lukewarm milk
1/2 cup yogurt cheese or quark
1 egg, separated
raisins and coarse sugar for decoration
Mix the flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast in a bowl.
If you use a mixer please use the dough hook if not a large spoon is fine.
Mix the milk, butter and Cheese/Quark into the flour.
Knead 1-2 minutes, form into a ball, cover and let rise for one hour.
The dough will not double and you should not panic. It’s very rich and so it will only rise a little.
You can even make the dough the night before you want to bake the bunny’s and stick it into the refrigerator until you are ready.
But don’t forget to let it come to room temperature before you start shaping.You can shape your Bunny’s how ever you want. You can let your children do it or make them yourself.
I like to cut the dough into 6 pieces. Each piece now is divided into two parts 1/3 of the Ball for the Head and 2/3 of the dough for the body.
Roll the larger piece into a rope about a foot long coil it around your hand and lay it onto a baking sheet that has some non-stick foil on it. As you can see on my unbaked bunny the ends of the rope are sticking out. One end will be the feet and on the tail ( as you can see my tail became Easter egg big and I will tell you that this is the way I wanted it).
Now take the smaller Ball and form it into a egg shape. With shears snip into the pointy end and cut halfway down the middle to form ears.
Now lay the Head onto the body, make sure you like how it’s placed. Use the egg white as glue to make sure the head stays with the body.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Make e egg wash out of the egg yolk and the 2 T Milk and brush the Bunnies add a raisin for the eye and decorate with the coarse sugar if desired.
Let rise in a warm place.
Bake at 350°F for 25 - 30 minutes, or until bunnies are golden brown and firm to the touch.
Let them cool on a rack and Enjoy.