Monday, April 1, 2013

Angel Biscuits For Easter

Those of you who know me here on the blog, on Facebook, or especially in REAL life - know that I love Pinterest. In the last couple of weeks I have been collecting and pinning all things Easter - decorations, projects, and food. When I came across this "pin" for hot rolls it was just too perfect for our Easter celebration.


Bunny Buns found on Pinterest**
Why too perfect? Well, bunnies are one of the symbols of spring and in addition, my oldest child and daughter just happens to raise and show rabbits. This combined with the fact that she and her husband were joining us on Easter Sunday gave me the PERFECT opportunity to make Bunny Buns! Yea for me!


Easter morning found me up, and with the help of my husband, in the kitchen busily making preparations for Easter breakfast. On the menu - deluxe scrambled eggs containing ham chunks, onions, and red bell peppers, all smothered with melted cheddar cheese; country fried potatoes; orange juice; hot coffee; and Angel Biscuits with butter - yes, in the shape of those cute Pinterest Bunny Buns.



Angel Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° - 115°)
  • 2 cups warm buttermilk (110° - 115°)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
  • Melted butter

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in warm buttermilk; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in yeast mixture.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 3-4 times. Roll out to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Lightly brush tops with melted butter. Serve warm. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts 1 biscuit equals 150 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 244 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. 

Originally published as Angel Biscuits in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p27 
 

When we all gathered at the table ready to enjoy the "fruit" of our morning labor, I dished up the eggs, and potatoes, poured the juice and coffee, AND revealed the Angel Biscuit Bunny Buns - - - -

Drum Roll Please  - - - - -


NAILED IT!!!!!

 

Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

 

 

**I tried really really hard to find the originator of the Bunny Buns pin so I could give proper photo credit. After following many pinners and repins I have given up. I'm now thinking this was just a photoshop stunt to trick would-be bakers into thinking this would really work. Really?




From foodlibrarian.com
Update - In the comments Holly wrote:

As for the original photo, I believe this is a type of wagashi (Japanese sweet) called manju, which is a pounded rice & buckwheat "cake" wrapped around a bean paste center.

This could be a special sweet prepared for the autumn Tsukimi Festival, when people have moon viewing parties under the full moon in August or September. The Japanese associate rabbits with the full moon because the moon's shadowy craters look like a rabbit pounding rice into mochi (the wrapping layer of manju) to them.

I couldn't find your exact photo, but here is one of usagi (rabbit) manju that looks pretty close. 


I'm sayin' - nice work Holly! Now I feel so much better, but saddened that it won't work for regular Sunday biscuits! =)


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9 comments:

  1. Not sure whether this is you A to Z post but that's where I came from and it seems like it could work! Thanks for making me carb hungry!

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    1. Yes, this is my "A" entry. I decided to just keep blogging as usual, but will have a "topic" each day that follows the alphabet. I like your idea of a category (agriculture) and then topics that fall into that. Thanks for stopping and commenting!

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  2. Hi! These bunny buns are so adorable..and it looks yummy too! Thanks for posting the recipe. I'll try to make some of these :)

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    1. They are adorable - I just wish mine would have turned out like the Pinterest photo! Oh, well, I'll settle for fluffy and great taste! Thanks for stopping! =)

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  3. These look so cute and also so yummy! I'd love to try them.

    Stopping by from the A-Z to say hello! :)

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    1. The Pinterest bunnies, maybe, mine not so much! =) But, truthfully, it is a great recipe, just the execution was wanting. And as I wrote, I really believe the "pin" is just a Photoshop hoax! Thanks for stopping and commenting.

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  4. Nancy, your bunny biscuits are just adorable--your daughter must have been absolutely delighted!

    As for the original photo, I believe this is a type of wagashi (Japanese sweet) called manju, which is a pounded rice & buckwheat "cake" wrapped around a bean paste center.

    This could be a special sweet prepared for the autumn Tsukimi Festival, when people have moon viewing parties under the full moon in August or September. The Japanese associate rabbits with the full moon because the moon's shadowy craters look like a rabbit pounding rice into mochi (the wrapping layer of manju) to them.

    I couldn't find your exact photo, but here is one of usagi (rabbit) manju that looks pretty close.

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  5. Oops, here's the link: www.thefoodlibrarian.com/2009/07/rabbit-manju-from-piyonya-in-kyoto.html

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  6. Oh, I love them! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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