This Bunny Bread of the Honey Wheat variety is too cute for just Easter, you’ll be wanting to make it all year long. And with the help of a bread machine, it’s a cinch!
Make the dough in your breadmaker. Choose “dough” setting, because you’ll bake the bunny in the oven.
- 1¼ cup water
- 2 Tbls butter, softened
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- ⅛ cup packed brown sugar or honey
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1¾ tsp regular active dry yeast
- Be sure to attach your kneading blade inside the bread pan first.
- Add all ingredients in the order listed.
- Close lid, plug in, and set to mix the dough.
- When done mixing, remove dough and shape into bunny shape.
- Optional: Let rise for an hour before baking.
- Bake in standard oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Shaping the bunny is easy, but can be a bit sticky. Be sure to have some extra wheat flour to dust the baking tray and your hands with as you shape your little critter.
Start with a large oval shaped loaf for the body, and set it on the baking tray lightly dusted with wheat flour.
Stick four small round balls under the four “corners” of the bunny for paws. Make three deep cuts on each paw to carve out toes.
Place a somewhat larger dough ball on the front for the face. Make three deep cuts on each side of the face for whiskers. Add two raisins for eyes and a dried cranberry for the nose. (Although, in truth, after baking, they all kind of looked the same, so you can just use three raisins.) Push all three in fairly deep so they stay put.
Fashion two cigar-shapes at the back of the head, laying on the body, for the ears.
Ooops! I forgot the tail on my little bunny! Add a tiny dough ball in the back for the tail. If you’d like, coat the tail with coconut shavings for a little extra fluff.
Bake your bunny in a standard oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Keep an eye on him so the outer bits don’t get too dark.
With all the candy that shows up on Easter, it’s nice to have this treat that is wholesome and healthy. Of course, how much butter you put on it is up to you.
I’d love to know if you make this honey wheat bunny bread, and how it turns out for you.