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.

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Soft Pretzel Bunnies

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

 

   

18 Responses to “Soft Pretzel Bunnies”

  1. Eva @ Eva Bakes — April 9, 2012 at 4:45 am

    These are adorable! I also wanted to let you know that I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award, which you can check out here: http://evabakes.blogspot.com/2012/04/hersheys-chocolate-mint-dessert-aka.html

    • Kirbie replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 8:24 am

      Aw, thanks!

  2. Kay — April 9, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Cute! They sorta remind me of mini Pikachu, haha!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 8:25 am

      Yes! I agree. It’s the pointy ears and the ends being a darker shade. hehe.

  3. Mary — April 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Adorable! I think I’d want to eat away from the eyes, too…

    • Kirbie replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 8:25 am

      It’s too hard to eat the face first!

  4. Lasuch w kuchni — April 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Oh so cute:-D

  5. Patricia Scarpin — April 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

    These are so adorable!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 12th, 2012 @ 8:25 am

      Thanks!

  6. Winter — April 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

    These are adorable. I will definitely be making these when I get home from work :) I may or may not add the eyes, though… I have a hard time eating things with faces. I get this huge feeling of guilt and distress, haha.

    • Kirbie replied: — April 12th, 2012 @ 8:27 am

      I’m the same way. sometimes I make ones without faces especially for me to eat. For these, I ate from the back. hehe

  7. Tiffany — April 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    So cute!! I love what you’ve done.

    • Kirbie replied: — April 12th, 2012 @ 10:04 am

      I’m happy with all the positive responses!

  8. meatballs & milkshakes — April 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    So cute!

  9. Maria @ Box of Stolen Socks — April 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

    They are so cute! I will try to bake them and then just look at them! They are just too cute to be eaten :)

    • Kirbie replied: — April 15th, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

      Haha, maybe you could give them away if you aren’t able to eat them?

  10. Laya — May 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

    How many bunnies does this make?

    • Kirbie replied: — May 8th, 2014 @ 10:26 am

      I’m sorry, this is an older recipe so I can’t recall anymore. Definitely more than a dozen though!

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