Have you ever had a bunny pretzel? Don’t you think it’s about time? This Easter I will be making my family little and big bunny pretzels. I guess it’s safe to say we are pretzel crazy, and why not make it a bunny shape if we can fit it into the holiday. This is the deal. I have been making pretzels pretty often lately and have come to be a dough master in my own right. My Mom and I believe one of the keys to making perfect pretzels is having fresh yeast, and the warm weather helps out too.
The last time I was at Walmart I picked up a small supply of yeast to make another few batches of pretzels. As my dough came to rise for the final time, my mom suggested I make a batch for Easter Sunday. I said “pretzels for Easter?” and she was matter a fact about it all….and said “yeah….shape them into bunnies.” She just wanted another reason to eat my homemade pretzels. I decided to give them a test run and dip them into a sugar cinnamon mixture. Me and Mommy were happy with the results. Thank you Walmart for keeping fresh yeast in stock always…. looks like I’m gonna have a great Easter.
Ingredients for bunny pretzels:
- 1 – packet active dry yeast
- 1 – cup warm water plus 1 ½ tablespoons
- 3 – cups unbleached flour
- 1 – tablespoon sugar
- 1 – teaspoon salt
- 9 – cups boiling hot water
- 2 – tablespoons honey
- 4 – tablespoons baking soda
- 1 – egg
- 1 – tablespoon water
- melted butter
- In a stand up mixer with a dough hook attachment add yeast and warm water to the bowl and allow to sit there for 10 to 15 minutes.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar and salt.
- Pour mixed flour mixture into warm water and yeast mixture.
- Mix on a medium speed.
- Dough will come together in about 5 to 7 minutes. Forming a ball shape.
- Place dough on a clean surface and kneed with hands for 2 minutes.
- Coat a large bowl with vegetable oil and place the dough in the bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm place for 4 hours or until dough doubles in size.
- Remove dough from the greased bowl, and cut into 8 even pieces.
- Roll one piece of dough at a time, by rolling it with two hands to form a long skinny snake like shape. Then carefully shape dough into a bunny shape.
- Place pretzels on a baking mat lined cookie sheet and allow to rise for another 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large pot over a high flame add in hot water and bring to a rolling boil. Once water is boiling add in honey and mix to dissolve. Then pour in baking soda. Mix to combine.
- Slowly dip each pretzel into the boiling water for 30 seconds on each side. Then with a slotted spoon remove pretzels.
- Place pretzels back on baking mat lined cookie sheet.
- In a small bowl whisk egg and water together creating an egg wash.
- Using a pastry brush, brush each pretzel with egg wash.
- Bake for 11 to 12 minutes.
- While pretzels are baking mix sugar and cinnamon together to make a mixture.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, then dip into melted butter.
- Let the pretzel drip dry a bit them dip into the sugar cinnamon mixture.