Monday, April 25, 2011

A Family Tradition -Bunny Buns

bunny buns I am sorry that I am late on this post. You really needed it by Saturday. But go ahead and make some today. Or come snag one from me because seriously they are tempting me.

The original recipe for Bunny Buns was posted in the Friend magazine in 1980. My mom made them that year and we have never gone an Easter without them.

Bunny Buns

1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup milk, warmed not quite to boiling
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
5 1/2 cups flour, sifted
Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup hot water, 1 teaspoon butter
  1. 1. 
    Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. 2. 
    Sprinkle yeast in the warm water and set aside.
  3. 3. 
    In another bowl, blend milk, sugar, shortening, and salt. Cool until lukewarm, then add eggs, water with yeast, orange juice, and orange peel.
  4. 4. 
    Stir in flour a few cups at a time to make a soft dough. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. 5. 
    Knead dough 5–10 minutes on a lightly floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic. Place it in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover bowl with a clean towel and put it in a warm place. Let dough rise for 2 hours, or until double in size. Punch dough down and let stand for 10 minutes.
  6. 6. 
    On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough into strips 1/2 inch wide and 14 inches long. Roll between hands into rounded snake shapes. Cut one strip into pieces 1/2 inch long, and roll into balls.
  7. 7. 
    Place one long piece of dough on a greased cookie sheet. Place one end of the strip over the other to make a loop; bring the end that is underneath up and cross it over the other end. Place a ball of dough on top of the bottom loop.
  8. 8. 
    Cover bunnies and let rise in a warm place for 45–60 minutes, until nearly double in size. Bake at 375ºF (190ºC) for 12–15 minutes.
  9. 9. 
    For the glaze, stir powdered sugar, water, and butter together. Frost bunnies with the glaze while they are still warm.
 So sad that our family picture is not in our Easter attire. Not that we actually wore anything special but we definitely looked better.

Egan and Jane planned an awesome Easter Egg hunt full of games and challenges. It was very exciting.

PS - If you are ever a Bishop - don't ask a whole family to speak on Easter Sunday. Serious Stress. But truly it kept us focused on the meaning of Easter and the kids were super speakers!


Holly C M said...

Bunny Rolls rock.

Erin S. said...

These look great! I'm all about celebrating holidays so the fun lasts and lasts (that's a nice way of saying I am always late in implementing my plans :) ). Hope you are doing well, Annie!

Kristine said...

bunny rolls!! one of my favorite things all year long. !

darling pictuers. i love that family pic. you guys all look GREAT! beautiful family.

cute pic of j and e with the kids. so cuute. quinns face!

glad you easter was nice. i would've loved to hear the talks!

Jen said...

Wish we were all together! Your tulips are gorgeous, spring is coming to Utah after all. Kenyon looks great! I hope he got a couple dozen bunny buns for himself. 3 cheers for the best aunts in the world, teen put on a fun scavenger hunt for our kids too.

The Loves said...

The talks were all amazing. Your family did an awesome job. That was seriously one of the best sacraments I remember in a long time! The Spirit was so strong. Thanks to you and your family.

Angie said...

I can't believe they would have a whole family speak on one Sunday! Talk about stress. I'm sure you all did awesome though!

reggie said...

Hi Annie, These look great but how many do they make?? If possible can you add that info to the recipes you post to your website?? I know I would appreciate it.

Thanks so much!!