This is a fun technique to create a basket of Easter bunny bread rolls, perfect for Easter brunch or a kids' party. They're so adorable, people will barely be able to stand it! You can use this dough recipe (which is my Hot Cross Bun recipe, without the rum and dried fruit), or my Easter Bread recipe, or any sweet or unsweetened bread dough you like.

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs 30 mins
total:
3 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 bunnies
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Dough:
Finishings:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk warm milk, 1/4 cup flour, and yeast for dough together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit about 15 minutes to ensure yeast is active; small bubbles should start to rise to the surface. Add sugar, beaten egg, lemon and orange zest, cinnamon, salt, cardamom, nutmeg, melted butter, and most of the remaining flour (you might not need it all). Mix with a dough hook attachment until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and becomes slightly elastic, 5 or 6 minutes. Continue kneading until dough is soft and shiny, about 10 minutes. Remove dough from dough hook and shape into a ball. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface.

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  • Shape dough into a round ball. Transfer to lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover and let rise in a relatively warm, draft-free place until double in size, about 2 hours.

  • Poke dough down a bit with your fingertips. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface. Work dough into a uniform piece and cut into eight 4-ounce pieces. Roll one piece with the flats your hands into a 12-inch rope; it's okay if one end is a little thicker than the other.

  • Cut 2 inches off the smaller end and 3 inches off the larger end. Roll the 2-inch piece into a ball for the tail. Roll the ends of the 3-inch piece into points, then flatten one end slightly for the face. Roll the remaining piece into a 12-inch rope, about 1/2 inch wide.

  • Transfer the rope to a Silpat®-lined baking sheet and make a coil for the body. The end of the coil will be the bunny's front legs and paws, so place the head on top of that, touching the body, with the flatter side facing the same way as the paws.

  • Cut the back side of the head (the pointy side) about 2/3 of the way in towards the face to make 2 ears. Make depressions in the middle of each ear with a bench scraper or the back of a knife; do not cut all the way through. Set the tail in place, touching the back of the body.

  • Repeat to form remaining bunnies; you will use 2 lined baking sheets for 8 bunnies. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and proof in a warm spot for 15 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Beat egg and water together for egg wash.

  • Remove plastic wrap from the baking sheets and brush dough with egg wash. Poke small holes in the faces for eyes, then push raisins in the holes. Redefine the ears by pressing again with a bench scraper or knife.

  • Bake in the center of the preheated oven until beautifully browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Carefully remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  • Cut into the center of the ears again to redefine them. Brush bunnies with simple syrup and sprinkle coconut onto the tails.

Chef's Notes:

In the video I used 1/2 of my Hot Cross Bun dough recipe (without the rum and fruit) to make 4 bunnies. This written recipe is for the full dough recipe (or 32 ounces dough) which yields 8 bunnies.

You can also use my Italian Easter bread dough or your favorite sweet or plain bread dough recipe.

You can use currants for the eyes, and flaked, shredded, finely chopped coconut, or even pearl sugar for the tail.

To make simple syrup, bring 2 parts sugar and 1 part water to a boil and allow to cool. Instead of a simple syrup, you can brush the bunnies with melted apricot jam.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; protein 8.2g; carbohydrates 43.2g; fat 12.9g; cholesterol 75mg; sodium 248.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews

Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2021
One of the best! It is so soft and smooth! I loved it! It had a good texture and its good for kids. Even though it's not easter. It's also fun to make. All though I sprinkled coconut all over the bunny to look like white fluffy hair. try it if you want. But thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2021
I really really loved them and so did my whole family! I did not change any thing in this recipe and it turned out great; and it was really easy to do. Read More