Thursday, April 5, 2007

Chubby Bunny Buns

I added the "Chubby" to the name of these buns because 1. Mine turned out chubby and 2. If I eat more than one I will be chubby. These were a fun Easter treat that I made last night and then baked them this morning. I used an orange roll recipe, but any sweet roll recipe would work. They are pretty simple to shape.
Bunny Buns
(I halved the recipe and made BIG buns)
2 1/2 c Scalded milk
1 c butter
2/3 c sugar
1 Tbl salt
2 packages dry active yeast (4 1/2 tsp)
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 c orange juice
10 c flour
2 Tbls orange zest (I left this out)
Scald milk in microwave or over a stove top. Combine the scalded milk, sugar and butter. Cool to luke warm. Add the yeast. Let yeast dissolve for 10 min. Add eggs, orange juice and zest. Beat throughly. Add 1/2 the flour and the 1 Tbls of salt. Mix until smooth. Add remaining flour 1/2 c at a time. The dough should be fairly sticky and soft. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-8 min. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the dough. Cover and rise to double; about 1 hour. Punch down the dough and let it stand for 10 min. Shape dough into 15 inch strips about 1/2 inch in diameter (like a play doh snake). Make a loop with the dough and twist to form the head and ears. Roll a small piece of dough for the tail and place it in the loop. Cover and let buns rise for 30 min. Bake 15 min at 375 degrees. Spread with glaze and decorate to make a bunny face.
Orange Glaze
1 c powdered sugar
2 Tbls Orange juice
1 tsp orange zest

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