Taking inspiration from an excellent Make Do and Mend Magazine Blog Post Thing I stumbled across on the web somewhere ( 😉 )I decided to have a go at the very cute little bread bunnies, BUT with a hot cross bun bread mix. To make….Hot Cross Bunnies. But without the crosses. So maybe, more accurately, Hot Bunnies. But that just sounds wrong.
Anyway. The recipe I use is from the River Cottage Bread Handbook, and my version of it goes something like this.
This is what you need:
- 500g strong white bread flour
- 125ml warm milk
- 125ml water
- 5g dried yeast (I use Doves fast action powdered yeast)
- 10g salt
- 1 medium free-range egg
- 50g butter (softened)
- 200g mixed dried fruit (or raisins, or sultanas, or whatever you fancy)
- finely grated zest of half an orange
- 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
This is what you do:
- Mix together the flour, yeast, salt and sugar
- Add the milk and water and mix (I use a free standing mixer with a dough hook)
- Then add the egg and the butter and mix it all into a sticky dough
- Add the dried fruit, orange zest and spices and knead until it’s silky and smooth (about 5-10 mins)
- Cover with a clean tea towel, and leave to prove until it has doubled in size (1-2hrs)
- Remove the dough from the bowl and ‘knock-back’
- Portion the dough up into equal sized amounts, depending on the number and size of buns/bunnies you want. The book suggest 8, but I think I usually get at least 12 from this amount of mix
- If you want to make bunnies, then roll into a ball, and the kind of squidge one end to make it a bit more pointy and bunny shaped. The use scissors to snip two ears,
and a ‘poky thing’ (I used a little paintbrush handle) to poke two eyes. There is a much more useful video here, if you need a bit more instruction…
If you are just going with buns, then roll into balls. Easy.
NB. I did a double batch of the dough, did about 10 bunnies and then got bored, and used up the rest of the mix as buns
- Place them on a floured baking sheet (I use polenta, which works very well to stop the sticking)
- Leave to prove for another 30-60mins. They should roughly double in size (I had to sit mine by the log burner to get them to rise)
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C
- If you are doing buns, not bunnies and you want crosses, mix together flour and water, in roughly a 2:3 ratio-ie 50 ml flour:75ml water, but you can mess around with it until it looks kind of the right consistency. Then pipe the crosses onto your poofed up buns
If you are doing bunnies, you might want to ‘re-poke’ their eyes, if they have been a bit swallowed up in the proving process
- Bake in the oven for 15-20mins
- If you are crazily keen (I am not) you can glaze them as they come out of the oven with apricot jam
Me: Would you like a Hot Cross Bunny?
BigSmall: Yes please!
Me: Do you think they look like bunnies?
BigSmall: Well, that one looks more like a hamster, and that one looks like a slightly more long-eared hamster.
Happy Easter everyone 🙂