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Honey Bunnies

  • Intermediate
  • 15 bunnies
  • 3 hr 40 min
Baking Success Or Baking Mess

Ingredients

4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
2 (4-1/2 tsp.) packets Fleischmann's® Quick Rise Yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup butter OR margarine, cut into pieces
2 eggs
30 raisins OR currents
Honey Glaze:
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or margarine

Instructions

Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, and salt in a large mixer bowl. Heat evaporated milk, water, honey, and butter until warm (120 to 130oF) – butter may not melt completely. Gradually add to flour mixture; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Add enough remaining flour to make soft dough. (Tip: the soft dough stage is reached when the dough forms a ball and clears the sides of the bowl. It will still be sticky.)


Generously spray a deep bowl with cooking spray; place in bowl and turn once to grease top. Cover tightly with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 24 hours. During this time, the dough will “micro-knead” itself.


Remove dough from refrigerator; punch down. Remove to lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 15 equal pieces. Cover with a kitchen towel while you make each bunny to prevent the dough from drying out.


Roll each piece to 20-inch rope. Divide each rope into the following: 1 (12-inch), 1 (5-inch), and 3 (1-inch) strips. Coil the 12-inch strip to make body; coil 5-inch strip to make head. Attach head to body; pinch to seal. Shape remaining 3 strips into ears and tail and attach to body and head. Insert raisins for eyes. Place on 2 large greased baking sheets. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.


Bake in a preheated 375oF oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from sheets to wire racks.


Honey Glaze: Combine honey and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until butter melts, stirring occasionally.


Brush bunnies with Honey Glaze while warm. If desired, brush again with glaze before serving.


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