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Easter Bunny Bread

RG

"With its toothy grin, lovely golden crust and tummy that's perfect for serving dip, this charming rabbit is sure to bring a smile to guests young and old."

Ingredients

  • 2 (1 pound) loaves frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 raisins
  • 2 sliced almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Dip of your choice


Instructions

  1. Cut a fourth off of one loaf of dough; shape into a pear to form head.
  2. For body, flatten remaining portion into a 7-inch x 6-inch oval; place on greased baking sheet. Place head above body. Make narrow cuts about 3/4 inch deep on each side of head for whiskers.
  3. Cut second loaf into 4 equal portions. For ears, shape two portions into 16-inch ropes; fold in half. Arrange ears with open ends touching head.
  4. Cut a third portion of dough in half; shape each into a 3-1/2 inch oval for back paws. Cut two 1-inch slits on top edge for toes. Position on each side of body.
  5. Divide fourth portion of dough into three pieces. Shape two pieces into 2-1/2 inch balls for front paws; shape the remaining piece into two 1-inch balls for cheeks and one 1/2-inch ball for nose on face. Add raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth.
  6. Brush dough with egg. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Place bread on a lettuce-lined 16 x 13-inch serving tray. Cut a 5- x 4-inch oval in center of body. Hollow out bread, leaving a 1/2-inch shell. (Discard removed bread or save for another use.) Line with lettuce and fill with dip.

Posted by FootsieBear at recipegoldmine.com

Source: Taste of Home's Quick Quick Cooking Magazine (Mar/Apr 2001)

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