Hopping Bread

12443705_1113476632029772_506486504_oAn Easter brunch isn’t complete with some nice bread. Why not make a hopping bread to stay in theme? I always make this bread since I can remember making an Easter brunch. I used to put an egg in the middle and replace it with a nice painted egg before serving. It looked nice then, but since that is not vegan, it’s out of the question. So I just left it out now, replace it with a ribbon around it’s neck and I think it still looks adorable. I think especially when you have kids joining the brunch, this is a very fun recipe.

serves: 8-10

2 cups of flour
1 cup of warm water
1 sachet yeast (7gr)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

-Put the flour, the salt and the olive oil in a mixing bowl and mixx well.
-Empty the sachet of yeast in a cup of warm water and mixx well.
-Then poor half of the yeast water with the flour. Mixx well and keep adding bits of yeast water(make sure you mix it a bit every time before poring) until you have a nice stretchy and elastic dough. (You don’t need to use all the water)
-Keep kneading the dough for about 10 min. Leave it to rest for about 20 min.
-Gently knead the bread again for a few minutes and shape:
-Roll the dough until you have about a 45-50 cm roll. Cut off 10-12 cm.
-Make the dough into a loop shape and put it on a tray covered with baking paper or oil.
12476722_1113476595363109_348331246_o-Cut the ends in half with a sharp knife. (these are the paws)
-Shape the bit you cut off into a head with ears and use the knife again to cut the ears.
-Preheat the oven to 200C. (You can put an oven dish with boiling water on the bottom to help making the bread rise)
-Cover the bread with (lightly oiled) cling foil and a tea towel and leave it to rise for about 30-60 min. (tip: to make the rising go faster/better-> poke some holes in the baking paper, using the tip of a knife, around the bunny and put it on top of a pan with hot water.)
-When the bunny is about twice it’s size it’s ready to go in the oven for 20 min.
-When the bread is cooled down you can decorate it with a ribbon around it’s neck.

It’s a simple bread recipe, so it’ll taste good with everything, sweet or savoury. Cheese, jam, chocolate spread, houmous.. or try this vegan tomato pesto like I did! Yum!

12422372_1113476512029784_733100254_oPlease let me know what you think of this recipe and I would love to see some pictures! Show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you!