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Easter Bread Bunnies

LEMON EASTER BUNNY BUNS

I just adore Easter…because it means that Springtime is here and the weather is finally warming up! It also means (like most holidays) plenty of delicious food! :-) I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try and serve on special days. Since any recipe with lemon as an ingredient is bound to catch my eye, when I saw these lemon brioche bread bunnies from BHG, I just had to give them a try!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Refrigerate 1 day
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 18 rolls
Calories: 221 kcal
Author: Jillee

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce packets 1/2 ounce dry active yeast
  • 1/3 cup milk around 110 degrees F.
  • 1/3 cup water around 110 degrees F.
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest grated
  • 1 cup butter room temperature

Instructions:

  1. Place the yeast, water, and milk in your mixer bowl and allow the yeast to soften for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and flour, attach the dough hook, and mix on medium-low for about 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce the speed to low while you separate 1 of the 4 eggs. Add the yolk, the remaining 3 eggs, the sugar, the lemon zest and increase the speed to medium for 3 minutes. Refrigerate the unused egg white for later. Refrigerate the unused egg white for later.
  4. Now reduce the speed to low and add the butter - just 2 tablespoons at a time. Wait for the butter to combine before adding more.
  5. Now increase the speed to medium-high and mix for about 10 minutes until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. 

  7. Set the bowl in a warm place until it doubles in size - about an hour. 

  8. After the dough has risen, slide a rubber spatula between the dough and bottom of the bowl (the dough will deflate a bit). 

  9. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 12-24 hours. It will continue to rise in the fridge a little bit.

  10. Take the cold dough from the fridge, and pat it into a 6 inch by 12-inch rectangle.
  11. Using a pastry cutter or a sharp knife, cut the rectangle into 18 squares.
  12. Tear a small amount of dough off of each square, roll it into a ball, and shape the remaining square into an oval.
  13. Using a pair of scissors, cut a slit on the top of the oval, about halfway through.
  14. Pinch the center of the bunny, right at the base of the slit. Pull the ears apart a little bit, flatten the dough, and shape a nice round face.
  15. Make a small divot for the nose with your finger, moisten it with a tiny bit of water, and stick on the noses. Now let the bunnies rise for 30-40 minutes. Place them in a 375 degree oven for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
LEMON EASTER BUNNY BUNS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.