If you know me very, very personally, you know I hate, pretty much more than most things, to be in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove or oven. To the crockpot inventor person, I say- thank you from the bottom of my heart! I can also make a mean sandwich, you know, the peanut butter and jelly kind? Fast and easy.
One day my sister saw a sign in a magazine and told me that I really should have it for my house. It said "I only have a kitchen because it came with the house." And that, my friends, sums it up to a tee!
See why I'm makin' such a HUGE deal out of these rolls? And they are perfect for Easter... with a little imagination!
1 package dry active yeast
1/4 c.warm water
1 c. milk, warmed not quite to boiling
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. orange juice
2 Tablespoons grated orange peel
5 1/2 c. flour, sifted
GLAZE: 2c. powdered sugar, 1/4 c. hot water, 1 t. butter
Sprinkle yeast in the warm water and set aside. In a large bowl combine: milk, sugar, shortening, and salt. Cool until lukewarm. Add eggs, water with yeast, orange juice and orange peel. Stir in flour a cup at a time to make a soft dough. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Knead dough 5-10 minutes on a lightly floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic. Place it in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise for 2 hours until doubled in size.
Punch down and let stand for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle 1/2" thick. Cut dough into strips 1/2" wide and 14" long. Roll between hands into rounded snake shapes. Cut one strip into pieces 1/2" long and roll into balls. Place a long strip onto greased baking sheet in a U shape. Twist ends once to create "ear shapes." Place a rounded ball into loop to create a "tail."
Cover and let rise for 45-60 minutes until doubled in size.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.
Mix all ingredients together for glaze and frost while "bunnies" while they are still warm.