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Sugar and Spice Bunnies
Make these cute (and delicious) bunny rolls an Easter tradition in your household. And have no fear—they're made simply by rolling strips of dough into coils. These rolls are generously sized.
01 hours 15 minutes
13 to 16 minutes
2-1/2 to 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup currants OR raisins
Powdered Sugar Glaze
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, spices, orange peel and salt in large mixer bowl. Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120o to 130oF). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add egg and 1/2 cup flour. Beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Set aside 10 currants for bunny’s eyes. Knead remaining currants into dough. Divide dough into 5 equal pieces. Roll each to a 24-inch rope. Divide each rope into 1 (13-inch), 1 (6-inch), 2 (2-inch), and 1 (1-inch) strips. Coil 13-inch strip to make body; coil 6-inch strip to make head. Attach head to body; pinch to seal. Shape 2 (2-inch) strips into ears and remaining 1-inch strip into tail. Attach to body and head. Place on 2 greased baking sheets. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Bake at 375oF for 13 to 16 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Glaze. Lightly press reserved currants into heads for eyes.
Powdered Sugar Glaze: Stir all ingredients until smooth.
The bunny parts will "cling together" as the dough rises and bakes.
Do not place more than 4 bunnies on a baking sheet.