For Easter I made two things to bring over to my aunt Karen’s house for lunch. The first was this fruit bouquet.
It looked really cute! However, it had a tendency to topple over . . . I think perhaps because the little floral arranging foam thing I stuck in the bottom was not actually stuck to the bottom. Oh well, next time.
Another thing I would do next time, find something to go in the pot (like easter grass) so that you can’t see the ends of the sticks. Plus I didn’t make the fruit go far enough down the sticks. . . so many things I would change. But, it was fun to make!
The second thing I made were little rabbit rolls! They were really cute. I found the recipe from Taste of Home, although I supposed you could really make them with any roll recipe.
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
- 3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons celery seed
- 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Melted butter
- In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, shortening, egg, celery seed, sage, salt, nutmeg and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic; about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; let rest 10 minutes.
- Divide dough into 24 pieces. For each bunny, roll one piece of dough into a 20-in. rope. Cut rope into one 10-in. piece, one 5-in. piece, two 2-in. pieces and one 1-in. piece. Coil 10-in. piece for body; place on a greased baking sheet. Coil 5-in. piece for head; place next to body. Form ears from the 2-in. pieces and tail from the 1-in. piece; add to bunny. Pinch and seal pieces together. Repeat, placing bunnies 2 in. apart on the baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
- Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with melted butter. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.
We actually ended up with a lot of bunny shaped bread because my cousin found a recipe from the Friend that was also very good! You can see that recipe here.
I would recommend making the recipe from the friend, but rolling them like the bunnies above. If you want something sweet and cute for next year.