My friend Celia, from the blog Fig jam and lime cordial, recently made a bear bread using
my last tutorial and she requested some other bread shapes. Specifically a rabbit.
It is coming up Easter, soon, so I decided to add a couple of more animal shapes for
you to try if you are interested.
First of all, though- Celia was getting a little carried away, and said , “A Dragon! Can you
make a dragon?”
Now I like dragons myself – and my grandson, Aidan is a little dragon crazy!
So I tried my hand and imagination for a dragon.
What do you think?
OH wait I forgot his flaming tongue!
Not bad for a first try- I’m going to work on this one just a bit!
Now on to the rabbit…
Go here for a recipe for honey whole wheat bread if you are looking for similar results.
There are also instructions for the basics of building a gluten cloak so that your bread will
keep his shape and not become all globby.
Here is a rabbit – all ready for an Easter Basket!
Make your dough and let it raise once. Then portion out pieces to make the rabbit-
I used to weigh these out when I was selling them- so I knew exactly how many I
could get out of a batch of dough. Now I dole out the pieces according to proportion.
the body is twice the size of the head-let’s say 3 ounces. That makes the head 1 1/2 oz.
The legs are 1 ounce each about 1/3 the size of the body. The arms are half the size of
the legs- 1/2 ounce each- and the ears – just a little smaller than the legs-3/4 oz.
Start off with the body and shape it into a long circle with a smaller top than bottom’
Pinch the bottom together between each shaping and tightening of the dough.
It should be oblong- wider at the bottom than the top- place on your sheet.
Now do the head the same way- only it can be round rather than oblong.
Place it on the sheet on top of the smaller part of the oblong.
Now start on the feet and think “Thumper” making the foot shaped like an exclamation point,
but flat on the edges so you can slide it just a little behind the hip part of the bunny.
Do it on both sides.
Now do the same thing with the arms and place them between the head and the body.
The ears come next- and you want to roll them into a small snakey little shape.
leave a little lip on the base of each ear so that you can place them slightly under
the head for support.
start to tighten up and attach all the pieces. Push the dough together at the edges and then into the
larger mass. Do this with all the pieces, ears, legs, and arms and also between the head and body.
Now when working on the ears, shape the tips to be cute- and add definition.
Poke a hole for his bellybutton, and add dried currants for nose and eyes.
Bake at 350 to 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes- until golden brown.
Add a bow, a paper cut out carrot and a marshmallow or white chocolate tooth-
AND you have a bread rabbit.
I also made a few other animals while I was at it-
a dinner roll bunny, a ST. Patty’s guy, a turtle
And a cat.