If you are looking for the cutest little side dish, look no further than homemade honey bunny bread. Great for Easter and springtime in general, this little dish is a big hit with the kids, and is made super easy with the help of a bread machine.
My preschoolers like to help me with the first part, which is making the dough by dropping these ingredients into the breadmaker in this order:
1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
3 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar (or use honey if you prefer)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
one .25 oz package of yeast
After the ingredients are loaded into the bread machine, set the cycle for DOUGH, which will run for roughly an hour and a half depending on your machine. Be sure not to set the machine to actually bake the bread.
Once the dough is prepared by the bread machine, turn it out onto a cookie sheet covered with a light dusting of wheat flour. Divide the dough roughly in half, and shape the bunny body with the larger half. Divide the smaller half into seven small dough balls and one slightly larger dough ball, which will form the head. The seven smaller dough balls can be formed into four paws, a tail, and two oval shaped ears. Piece all the parts together to form the bunny. Press raisins in for eyes, and a dried cranberry in for the nose. Use a paring knife to press creases into the feet for toes and into the face for whiskers.
Sadly, this little bunny didn’t have a tail, but I’ll be adding one next time and covering it in shaved coconut.
Pop into the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
When cool, store your little bunny in an airtight bag or in the fridge for up to 3 days. But I bet you’ll be enjoying him with a pat of butter before then.