A Family Tradition….Easter Bunny Bread
Back when we lived at our farm I always found ways to make holidays special for our kids. I can't count how many times I've made this adorable Bunny Bread! It became a tradition every year and one the kids remember. Those are the kind of memories that warms my heart so much. I hope you are all doing this for your family too.All you have to do is grab some frozen bread dough from your local grocery store and make this Easter Bunny for your family. Everyone will be talking about it!Let me share with you my recipe for Spinach Dip…..So YUMMY you cannot stop eating it.10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, de-thawed and moisture squeezed out1 1/2 cups sour cream1 cup mayonnaise1 package Knorr Vegetable Soup mix1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained3 green onions, choppedMake sure the spinach is de-thawed and the moisture has been squeezed out.In a bowl stir together the spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, soup mix, water chestnuts and green onions.Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.Serve in a bread bowl with fresh vegetables, cracker and chunks of bread.
- Approximately 2 pounds homemade bread dough [or 2 loaves frozen bread dough 1 pound each, thawed.
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 pieces of dried fruit raisins, currants, cherries, blueberries, etc…
- 2 slivered almonds
- Your favorite dip… (we love Ranch or Spinach.)
- Vegetable sticks or florets carrots, celery, cucumbers, pea pods, cauliflower, broccoli, etc...
- Cut your ball of dough into two pieces that are approximately 1 pound each.
- Take one of the loafs and cut off 1/4 piece of dough. Shape it into the shape of a pear for the head of the bunny and put it in the middle part of the tray with the smaller end pointing up. Take the remaining part of the loaf and shape it into an oval to make the body and place below the head. Making sure that they touch.
- Take your second loaf of dough and cut it into four equal pieces. You will use two of the pieces to create the ears. To make an ear take one of the pieces and roll it out into a 16 inch rope. Fold the rope in half and attached the flat end to one side of the top if the pear shaped head. Repeat with the second piece to make the other ear.
- Take the next section and cut in half and shape into two ovals, these will be back paws. Next take your scissors and cut two one inch slits on one side to create the bunnies toes. Put one on each side of the body at the bottom.
- Take the last section and cut it into three pieces. Take two of them and create ovals, these will be front paws. Next take your scissors and cut two one half inch slits to create the bunnies toes. Put one on each side of the body at the top.
- Take the third piece and create two one-inch balls for the bunnies cheeks and a third 1/2 inch ball for the nose which you can place above the cheeks. Add two raisins for eyes and then two almonds sticking out of the bottom of the cheeks for teeth.
- Take the beaten egg and brush the dough. Place the tray in a warm place in the kitchen and allow it to rise for about 30 to 40 minutes. You are looking for the dough to double in size. Pre-heat you oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the bunny becomes a nice golden brown color. Set aside and cool.
- When it is cool take the bowl you are planning to use for you dip and with a serrated knife cut an out line of it in the center of the bunnies tummy. Hallow out the hole and place in your bowl. Add veggies around the tray and add your favorite dip into the bowl.
- Adapted from Foodie With Family.