Easter is a time of year, that regardless of religious preference, it seems everyone always sits down to have a nice family meal. We usually have ham and fixings along with a loaf of my homemade bread. This year I wanted to spice it up a bit. Oh sure, everyone loves my bread, but it I serve it at every big family meal. This year I decided to whip up dinner rolls! I could just shape them into ball form, but then where is the fun in that!?!?! It’s dough, I can make it look anyway I want…… So I went with the rear view of a bunny!!
1/2 Cup warm water
1/2 Cup warm milk
1/3 Cup softened butter
1/3 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4-4 Cups of flour
1 package of dry yeast ( 2 1/4 teaspoons)
I started by dissolving my yeast in the water and sugar. I let it set for a few minutes to get going before adding in the rest of the ingredients. I used freshly milled wheat flour in my rolls, but you can use store bought flour. Once it was combined (not too sticky) I turned it out on the counter and kneaded it a little. I then divided the dough into equal balls. I could have stopped here and just baked them up, but come on, I have kids and creativity!
The oldest country kid has baked with me for some time, but this was the littlest country kids first time helping. My oldest easily formed the bunny rolls. You take a small pinch of dough to form the tail. Next you roll out some dough like a snake (just like playing with Play-doh.) Wrap the snake around the tail, give it a twist, bend the tips for ears and you have the rear view of a bunny!!
Now the littlest country kid (just turned two) was not as capable in the kitchen. He tried with all his heart to roll a snake but his pressure control needs a little more development.
Once you have formed all your bunnies, it is time to place them on a greased cookie sheet and let them rise for an hour. Once they have doubled in size it is time to bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
This is a great kitchen project for young bakers. You can use it to teach them about yeast, how to measure, and as an art project. Shhh, just don’t tell them they are leaning! These adorable dinner rolls will add the perfect touch of whimsy to you Easter dinner. And imagine the pride your children will have when everyone learns they helped make them!!