Bunny Bread Recipe
This soft, fluffy bunny bread recipe is the perfect way to create a fun and festive addition to your Easter dinner.
How to Make Soft Fluffy Bread
The key to making bread soft and fluffy is making sure you knead it enough. Kneading your dough allows the ingredients to work together to build gluten which then helps create a texture that is airy and fluffy.
Yeast loves sugar, but does not love salt. Make sure you give your least a little bit of sugar to help it grow, and then wait to add the salt until other ingredients have been mixed in with the yeast.
What Ingredients Do you Need to Make Bread?
This bread recipe uses basic ingredients: yeast, flour, sugar, water, oil, and salt. These are all baking stapes and are typically inexpensive, especially when bought in bulk which is why making your own bread at home can really save you money!
How to Make Bunny Bread
Shaping your bunnies is just a matter of a few twists! This recipe makes 10 small bunnies, or one large bunny. Follow these steps to create these adorable bunnies:
- Fold the rope into a U shape.
- Cross one side over the other loosely leaving a space towards the bottom of the rope for the tail.
- Twist the top pieces under each other.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and rearrange the ears to make them look how you like.
- Roll the piece of extra dough into a small ball and place into the bottom part of the bunny.
More Easter Recipes
Creating Easter traditions with food can be so fun and memorable for your kids. Here are some of our other favorites:
- Easter Veggie Tray with Spinach Dip
- No-Bake Easter Egg Fruit Tarts
- Veggie Flatbread Pizza
- Healthier Reese’s Eggs
Bunny Bread Recipe
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast active dry
- 2 tbsp sugar or honey
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups flour
- Pour warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast and sugar or honey and let sit for 5 minutes until mixture begins to bubble.
- Add oil, egg, salt and 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Mix on low-medium until combined. Add one more cup of flour, and continue mixing. Add the remaining flour. You will know you have added enough flour when the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl as you are mixing. It should be soft and slightly sticky – adding too much flour will produce a tougher bunny bread. If your dough seems too wet, add 1/4 cup more flour.
- Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes until the dough looks smooth.
- Place your dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a light towel. Let the dough rise for an hour, or until it has double in size.
- Once it has risen, place dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide into 10 equal peices.
- Break a small piece of dough off of each of your 10 pieces for the bunny tail. Roll each piece into a rope shape. If your surface is too slippery, take a clean damp rag and run it on your surface to give your dough some grip.
- To shape into a bunny: Fold the rope into a U shape. Cross one side over the other loosely leaving a space towards the bottom of the rope for the tail. Twist the top pieces under each other. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and rearrange the ears to make them look how you like. Take the piece of extra dough and flatten slightly. Pinch underneath to create a 'bubble' and continue pinching until the top looks like a smooth round ball. Place into the bottom part of the bunny making sure it is secure down into the bunny twist.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cover with a light dish towel, and let the bunnies raise on the baking sheet for another 10 minutes. Brush the bunnies with an egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp water)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the tops are lightly brown. Enjoy!
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So dumb question – would anything change if I were to use quick rise yeast ? Going to try this tomorrow with my kids. Thanks !
Hi Sandi, you should be able to follow the same directions using the quick rise type of yeast.
This looks great! Question about kneading…is this by hand or can we let the stand mixer do it?
Hi Jude, you can do either one you choose, hand kneading or stand mixer.
Very tasty and great family project! 🙂
Needed something special this Easter and this recipe didn’t disappoint. I’m always nervous to make homemade bread/buns but this recipe was so easy to follow and they turned out so good. The bread itself was delicious! It’s going to be a yearly recipe from now on!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing Meagan!
Is this a versatile recipe? Could I shape this dough into hamburger buns?
Meagan, yes, cool idea!
How can this be adapted to still look and taste good for our Celiac/gluten free needs? I have such a hard time with breads/biscuits.
Super fun! Followed the recipe as written and they were yummy! The bunnies were HUGE. I will make them again but probably divide the dough into 16 pieces instead of 10.