- 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
- 2 raisins
- 2 sliced almonds
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Dip of your choice
- Cut a fourth off of one loaf of dough; shape into a pear to form head. For body, flatten remaining portion into a 7-in. x 6-in. oval; place on a greased baking sheet. Place head above body. Make narrow cuts, about 3/4 in. deep, on each side of head for whiskers.
- Cut second loaf into four equal portions. For ears, shape two portions into 16-in. ropes; fold ropes in half. Arrange ears with open ends touching head. Cut a third portion of dough in half; shape each into a 3-1/2-in. oval for back paws. Cut two 1-in. slits on top edge for toes. Position on each side of body.
- Divide the fourth portion of dough into three pieces. Shape two pieces into 2-1/2-in. balls for front paws; shape the remaining piece into two 1-in. balls for cheeks and one 1/2-in. ball for nose. Place paws on each side of body; cut two 1-in. slits for toes. Place cheeks and nose on face. Add raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Brush dough with egg. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
- Place bread on a serving tray. Cut a 3-1/2-in. circle in center of body. Hollow out bread, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Place a 1-cup shallow bowl in the hole and fill with dip. Yield: 1 loaf.
Reviews for Easter Bunny Bread
"I made this at Easter and believe I have found a new tradition! Not artistic at all, but this was amazingly easy. My only 'issue' was finding a room warm enough for the bread to rise; took about 90 minutes to completely rise."
"Loved this! Especially yummy was dipping the bunny bread in the dip. Everyone wanted to know how to make it. Thank you Taste of Home!"
"An Easter tradition for us! But definitely use homemade bread (your favorite recipe that makes a 2# loaf), not some store-bought frozen stuff!"
"easy recipe that my children love! This has become a tradition my little ones look forward to each year. It is easy to make, looks great, and kids can help with too!"
"Easy to follow instructions. Finished product looks exactly like the picture. Big hit with the family. Tastes great too, although no one wanted to cut into it, they thought it was just too cute."
"My autistic grandson helped make this for our appetizer--he was so proud of it. I am sure we will be making this for years to come. I will make sure he has the directions to use as he matures."
"Please explain to novices of bread baking that the instructions on the bread package should be ignored. You need to use the dough before it rises to make this bread. Mine was edible, but was not that good. I am going to try again. thanks."
"Have made this bread for at least 10 Easters and everyone thinks he is adorable. Also make a smaller bunny with only one loaf of Rhodes bread and it is adorable also----fits on one cookie sheet."
"A 9x13 is way too small. I used the biggest cookie sheet I have to bake him on, and presented him on my Thanksgiving turkey plate. He is huge!"