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Carrot Bread Bunnies are the perfect Easter (or anytime) treat. Made from scratch, this fail-proof dough uses real carrots and a pinch of cinnamon. But you better eat these bunnies before they steal all of your vegetables and eat your salad!
I have to admit, I got the idea for making bunny bread from Sandra Denneler over at handmadecharlotte.com. She made the most amazing hippo bread that sits in your soup. I mean, this is the greatest creation ever made!
I love all animals, of course, but hippos just have a certain charm to them. Or so I thought. I actually really scarred myself by reading an article about a bloat of adult hippos that attacked a baby hippo. There was a warning at the top about the graphic images. I should’ve listened. I won’t link to the article because I don’t want to scar you too.
Bunnies are much nicer – as long as you don’t read Watership Down. They did totally destroy my garden overnight a few years ago, but I was happy to help Peter Rabbit and his sisters. I’m sure they loved the carrots. So in honor of them – and of course the impending Easter holiday – I decided to make Carrot Bread Bunnies.
You’ll start by making a nice ball of dough and kneading it until it’s smooth. I know there’s a group of wackadoodles out there that erroneously don’t enjoy making bread. You can make the dough in a mixer if you’d like.
I normally don’t encourage people to not use my recipe, but feel free to use frozen bread rolls. They won’t be carrot bread, but you can still make bunnies.
Cut the dough into 30 even-ish pieces. Half of these pieces will form the bunny bodies. You’ll want to keep everything covered while you assemble the bunnies.
Cut the remaining pieces in half, then cut one of each of those halves into thirds. Then cut one of those thirds in half again.
Roll the two tiniest pieces into balls, make snakes out of the other two thirds, and roll the last half into a ball.
Fold the snakes in half for ears. The tiny little balls make the nose. I have the nose placed a bit low on the face. Try to place them directly on top and centered. Otherwise, they’ll fall off when the bread rises.
Place the bunnies on a greased baking sheet. GENEROUSLY grease plastic wrap and cover the sheets for an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. If you don’t grease the plastic wrap well, it will constrict the dough’s ability to rise.
Once the bunnies have baked and cooled, cut out little eye holes for the black-eyed peas. I keep a bag of dried peas at home just so I can make hippos and Carrot Bread Bunnies.