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Easter Bunny Breads

 Easter Bunny Breads
These cute bunny breads are a must at our house during the Easter season. Kids of all ages love the chocolate egg surprise found inside. —Molly Hurd, Newcastle, Washington
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 16 small milk chocolate eggs
  • ICING:
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon water
  • 1 drop red food coloring

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar,
  • oil, egg, salt and 4 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes;
  • beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft
  • dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. For each bunny, shape a 3-in. ball for the body;

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Easter Bunny Breads (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • press a chocolate egg into each ball. Shape dough around egg so it
  • is completely covered. For each head, shape a 2-in. ball; press a
  • chocolate egg into each. Shape dough around egg so it is completely
  • covered. Add a 1-in. ball for the tail and two 2-in. x 3/4-in.
  • pieces for the ears.
  • Place bunnies 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400°
  • for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove from pans
  • to wire racks to cool.
  • For icing, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and water;
  • tint pink with red food coloring. With a small new paintbrush, paint
  • a nose and whiskers on each bunny. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 440 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 328 mg sodium, 77 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein.