The long weekend is just days away. Do you have any plans?
Ours will be somewhere along the lines of cleaning the backyard, going over to my parents’ house for Easter brunch, and stuffing our faces with chocolate.
I could fib and say I’ll only have a couple of foiled mini eggs, but I’d be lying. Especially if there are chocolate bunnies involved. No chocolate bunny is safe around me.
White chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, hollow or solid, I’ll take it all. Actually, anything bunny shaped generally catches my attention.
Random fact: I have a bunny tattooed on my left foot.
My dad’s nickname for me is bunny. It came about when Mom bought me a onesie for my first Easter that had bunny ears and a puffy tail. My Dad was so amused with the outfit that he started calling me bunny and from that moment forward he’s never referred to me as anything but.
So you may be wondering, what’s a bunny’s favorite Easter treat? It’s Easter brunch, of course!
Since I’ll already be filled to the brim with chocolate, I figured I’d go with something a little less sweet, along the same theme as hot cross buns, but light and spring-like. The result? These gluten-free, dairy-free breakfast rolls.
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon demerara sugar
- 1 cups warm non-dairy milk – I used lite unsweetened coconut milk
- ¾ cup white rice flour
- ¼ cup sweet rice flour
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoon potato starch
- ¼ cup tapioca starch
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seed
- ½ teaspoon himalayan rock salt
- ½ tablespoon baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted + more for oiling
- 2 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon coconut water vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup mixed dried fruit: chopped apricots, dried currants and raisins
- Combine the yeast, sugar and warmed milk in a small bowl and mix to dissolve the sugar. Let it sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. It should start to get foamy and increase in size.
- Combine the flours, starches, flax seed, salt and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor or stand mixer and mix for 30 seconds using the dough blade.
- Add the yeast mixture, 1 egg, melted coconut oil, honey and vinegar. Mix for 3 minutes. The batter should be similar to cake batter. Stir in dried fruit.
- Oil a muffin pan with extra coconut oil and preheat the oven to 375F.
- Pour the dough into muffin tins, cover with a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm place to rise. Allow it to sit for about 35 minutes. I just set it on top of my stove while the oven was preheating.
- After the dough has risen, bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown tops begin to form.
- Allow to cool in the pans for 15 minutes before removing and serving!
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Do you have a nickname?
If not, what’s your favorite Easter recipe?