May no bunny encounter me without hopping away happier.
– Krista Lester, Bunny Buddhism
Bunnies and Happiness
One of the reasons why I love baking is that it makes me happy, and it makes other people happy too when I feed them, which makes me happy in return.
Since this recipe is somehow related to bunnies, and my blog is somehow related to happiness, I just want to share this book called Bunny Buddhism by Krista Lester. One of my friends gave it to me as a going-away/birthday present.
It’s basically a book of quotes about the path to enlightenment, but it uses bunnies as a way to express their meaning. I definitely recommend it!
Anyways, going back to the recipe at hand, I must say, out of all the things I’ve ever baked, this is probably the cutest and most fun to bake.
I mean, just look at them. They’re so adorable. It makes me want to bake some right now. Next time, I’ll make them in different sizes so I’ll have a honey bunny buns family.
Also, this isn’t too difficult to make and is very tasty!
The hardest part is probably the making the eyes. I was using chopsticks instead of a toothpick so it came out a bit bigger than I wanted.
The brush of warm honey on top is also key in making this recipe a hit. Oh and let’s not forget the ears! I was afraid that mine got a bit burnt, but it actually gave the bunnies some character.
I am sure anyone making this recipe, and anyone eating it will surely experience a certain “Awwww” moment.
Best paired with?
I find it best to enjoy these as a snack in the morning with some tea or coffee. If you don’t mind cutting up the bunny buns, you can also put some butter on them!
- 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp warm water (about 100F)
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/3 cup of honey, warmed
- In a large bowl, combine the water, oil, yeast and sugar. Let it rest for 15 minutes and then add the salt, egg and flour.
- Knead the dough for six minutes with your hands or with a dough hook (if using a stand mixer) on medium to high speed.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Shape dough into 24 ovals (like an egg shape; narrow on one side) and place on cookie sheets with parchment paper. Allow to rest for 15 minutes, until dough rises to 1.5 times original size.
- To make the ears, use sharp kitchen scissors to make deep cuts (almost to the bottom of the dough) into the oval's more narrow end. Bake for about 11-13 minutes until tops turn golden brown.
- While buns are cooling, brush tops with warm honey. Use chopsticks or a toothpick to make eyes for the bunnies.
- Best eaten slightly warm, and choose good quality honey for more flavor.