April 2, 2015
By Jordan Hildebrand
In an office full of people with plenty of baking experience, I am the new kid on the block (in more ways than one.) I wasn't in 4-H, so I never got to take advantage of the organization's baking programs, and I never had much time for hobbies in high school and college. I did, however, win best open class cookie at my county fair in early high school with my top secret recipe (which was somehow leaked and subsequently printed onto the back of chocolate chip bags.) But baking cookies and baking with yeast are two totally different beasts.
In order to help you impress even the grouchiest of food critics this Easter season, I tested popular roll shapes in my own home, armed with nothing but fourth-grade level art skills and smug over-confidence. I used a dough made with half white whole wheat flour which was very versatile, perfect for shaping and packed with tasty whole grain goodness.
These look super easy right? Clip some ears, poke some eye holes and BAM! Adorable magic. Hold onto your Easter bonnets, because it turns out it's a lot more difficult than you think.
If you would like to give this shape a try, I would recommend working with a two-ounce ball of dough. Four-ounces is too big and forms a very chubby bunny, and one-ounce is pretty small. Even though I never really found specific directions for this shape, I watched a Youtube video that specified letting the bunny proof a bit after snipping. I followed these directions, but when I brought the bunnies in to show the experts the next morning, they suggested snipping the dough right before the pan of bunnies go into the oven. Also, don't bother with tenting, it really didn't do much of anything.
When making your cuts, ignore the pretty little snip that's shown in the photo. I would recommend cutting a ¼" to form the ear . When you think you are cutting in too deep, cut a bit further. This gives a nice, full ear and prevents this from happening.
I like this shape. I think for someone who is a little craftier than I, it could turn out to be a really nice product. Click here for instructions.
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