Monday, March 28, 2016

Dutch Easter Bunny Bread (SRC)

how to make Dutch Easter Bunny Bread from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

This month's Secret Recipe Club has given me one of my most favourite baking projects in years. I was delighted to be assigned Tara's Multicultural Table by, you guessed it, Tara. She has 2 young children and a beautiful blog themed by country, meaning she has cooked and baked her way around the world and back again!

Being Australian I of course had to first check whether she had any recipes from my region and loved that she has baked Sausage Rolls and Pikelets, both of which are quintessentially Aussie.

Tara has dozens of recipes which caught my eye but to be honest, once I saw this one for Dutch Easter Bunny Bread I knew I didn't have to look any further. The fact that reveal is the day after Easter seemed like it was meant to be!

Paashaasjes (Easter bunnies in Dutch) are a basic bread rolled and shaped into bunnies with raisins or chocolate chips for eyes and holding an egg which becomes perfectly hardboiled when cooked with the bread.

While mine are nowhere near as neat as Tara's, the boys and I had a great time rolling, shaping and decorating these little bunnies and they certainly loved eating them too.

Dutch Easter Bunny Bread
Adapted for Thermomix from Tara's Multicultural Table

250g water
1 1/2 ts instant yeast
1 ts raw honey
500g plain flour
120g buttermilk
1/2 ts salt

Decoration:
6 eggs, at room temperature, washed and dried
18 chocolate chips or sultanas
1 egg, beaten with 1 tbs water

Place the water, yeast and honey into the bowl and heat for 3 mins / 37 degrees / SP 1.

Add the flour, buttermilk and salt and knead for 3 mins / closed lid.

Shape into a ball and placed in a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rest for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius / 170 degrees fan-forced. Line 2 trays with baking paper and set aside.

Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Shape one ball of dough at a time and leave the rest covered until ready to use. Roll the dough out into an oval approximately 7 inches tall. Cut as per the pictures below to form the bunny shape.

Lift the dough shape onto the prepared tray. Place an egg into the middle lower third of the dough then fold over the arms. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and leave to rest for 20-30 minutes until puffed.

Place 3 chocolate chips on each for the eyes and nose of the rabbit. Use a toothpick to draw whiskers and mark the paws. Brush with beaten egg. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 6

how to make Dutch Easter Bunny Bread from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

how to make Dutch Easter Bunny Bread from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Aren't they gorgeous?

Dutch Easter Bunny Bread from www.mywholefoodfamily.com
How to make Dutch Easter Bunny Bread from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Thanks for a great month Tara! I loved making these with my boys and I think we have now found a new Easter tradition.

21 comments:

  1. OMG this is incredibly adorable!! I love Tara's blog and all of the recipes she has from around the world! How are the eggs when they come out of the oven? I've always been curious about this!

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    1. Thanks Karen! The eggs came out perfectly hard boiled and were easy to peel while warm. The dough did stick to the shells once they had cooled down making them trickier to remove.

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  2. Those are so stinking cute! I love that they are hugging an egg. I'd love to make them next year with colored egg.s

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    1. Thanks Erin! I was keen to colour the eggs but I thought they were a bit too yellow to start with. Will try to find white eggs next time.

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  3. Oh my goodness these are so cute! I saw them on a commercial yesterday and thought I had to make them. Next Easter for sure!

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    1. We'll definitely be doing them again next year!

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  4. Gorgeous! Great SRC pick this month. I wonder if you could rub the eggs with a little bit of oil before wrapping them in the bread to avoid sticking once they cool? Love them, they came out adorable!

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    1. I never thought of doing that, great idea Traci!

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  5. These are SOOO adorable!! Perfect for today! :)

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  6. This is a wonderful post. I've seen the Greek Easter breads with eggs before, but never in a bunny shape. I also never knew about Tara's wonderful blog, which will give me some great inspiration for multicultural food in the future! Again, excellent SRC post.

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  7. Such cute bunnies! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    1. Thanks Tara! My boys loved these and we'll definitely be making them again next Easter :)

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  8. These are sooo cute! And perfect pick just in time for Easter.

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  9. Oh my gosh...they turned out marvelously!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, my boys thought they were the best thing ever!

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  10. Awww, so cute, makes me wish I had some rugrats running around I could make these for and with.

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    1. Thanks Sid! I think these appeal to the big kid in all of us :)

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