Hot Cross Bunnies
Packed with cinnamon and raisins, these adorable Hot Cross Bunnies are the perfect spring or Easter treat!
Course: bread
Servings: 12 -18 Bunnies
Author: Cristina
Ingredients
Buns
  • 2 cups scalded milk (soy or almond also work!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 pkg yeast (4 1/2 Tbsp) in 1/4 cup warm water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
Egg Wash
  • 1 egg mixed thoroughly with 1 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Scald your milk by heating it to almost boiling, but not quite! It should be steamy. This can be done either in a pot on the stove, or in the microwave in 20 second increments for a total of about 2 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  3. Cream the sugar and shortening in the mixing bowl with a dough hook attached.
  4. Mix all your wet ingredients in a mixing bowl, and all your dry ingredients in another.
  5. While stirring, slowly add the mixed dry ingredients in to the wet. It should come together very easily. If necessary, take the dough out and knead a couple of times to help it smooth out and become elastic.
  6. To make your bunnies, create oval-shaped rolls one at a time from your dough. Try to smooth them and stretch them out so that the top is flat, and any creases are hidden on the bottom.
  7. With a pair of scissors, start cutting the ears about an inch from one end of the roll, and keep cutting them until you get an ear shape. Do not cut all the way through to the end! Please refer to the pictures above.
  8. With a toothpick, poke two very deep eyes in the 'face' of your bunnies. The dough will expand, so make sure you press deeply if you want them to stay!
  9. Set them out on a lightly greased baking sheet. Give them lots of room, because they will double in size!
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until they're a beautiful golden brown.
  11. Glaze them with the egg wash to give them that beautiful shine!
These are SO delicious when they're warm. To reheat, just toss them in the microwave for 20 seconds!