I hope everyone had a good weekend whether they were celebrating Easter or not. I had a very much needed relaxing weekend. I slept, caught up on various tasks, watched movies, ate a lot of unhealthy fast food, and spent time in the kitchen baking and cooking recipes I’ve had on my to-do list.
Even though my family doesn’t celebrate Easter, I wanted to make one Easter themed recipe. I really really love the bunny buns I made last year. It’s one of my favorites. I didn’t want to repeat the same thing, but I made something similar: soft pretzel bunnies!
I was really happy with how these came out. Though I had the hardest time eating them. I ate them from the back side first so I didn’t have to see the two eyes.
I shaped the dough into ovals and gently boiled them in baking soda, trying to maintain the shape. Then I made ears by cutting with kitchen sheers. I made eyes using these edible decorating pens.
I tried to recreate my sour cream bunny buns picture:
I don’t think they don’t look quite as cute as the sour cream bunny buns, but I’m still pleased with how these came out. Cute and yummy tasting. I’ll definitely make them again. I’ve also made turtle shaped soft pretzels too. I wonder what other animals I can come up with…
I am also submitting this post to Yeastspotting.
Soft Pretzel Bunnies
3/4 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoons salt
1 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 ounce unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup baking soda
1 egg yolk
1. Combine the warm water, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Add the flour and butter and using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl. Remove the dough from the bowl, and place the dough in a glass bowl oiled with vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
2. Take a chunk of dough about the size of a ping pong ball and roll into an oval shape. Repeat with remaining dough.
3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Using a large sauce pan, fill with water. Bring the water to a boil and add the baking soda.
4. Place the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 seconds, a few at a time. Make sure to gently place in and don't let the dough roll around too much in order to preserve the oval shape and so the dough doesn't get too wrinkled or bubbled. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Place pretzels on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat.
5. Using kitchen sheers, cut two ears. You can see how I cut the ears from the sour cream bunny buns post. Beat one egg yolk. Brush the top of each pretzel bunny with the beaten egg yolk. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 8 minutes.Add eyes with edible marker after pretzels have cooled.
Soft pretzel recipe adapted from Alton Brown