Easter Chicks

 

Easter Chicks

 

 

 

These sweet rolls are fun to make for Easter.  Children love them!  You must use the rapid rise yeast, but it makes the rolls much faster to prepare.  You can make these rolls in just over an hour and they are delicious!  You will need evaporated milk for the dough and the glaze, so plan accordingly.

 

           

 

 

5 to 5 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1/2
cup sugar
2
packages Fleischmann’s Rapid rise yeast
1
tablespoon grated lemon rind or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup evaporated milk
1/2
cup water
1/3
cup vegetable oil
2
eggs, lightly beaten
Currants or chopped dates (for the eyes)
Glaze (recipe follows)

 

 

Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, lemon peel or cinnamon and salt.  Heat milk, water and oil until very warm (125 to 130 degrees).  Stir into dry ingredients.  Stir in eggs and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

 

Halve dough; lightly oil top of one half, put in small container, cover and refrigerate.  Divide remaining half into 9 equal pieces.  On floured surface, roll each to 10-inch rope.  Tie each into knot, leaving one end slightly longer.  Place knots, short end up, 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.  Pinch short end of knot to form head and pointed beak.  Insert 2 pieces of currants for eyes.  Press long end of knot down.  With a sharp knife, make 4 or 5 cuts to make tail.  Brush oil lightly over chicks.  Cover. Let rise in warm place until almost doubled, about 25 minutes.  Repeat with remaining dough half while the first batch is rising.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake on center rack 12 to 15 minutes or until golden.  Cover heads with small pieces of foil if they become too brown.  Remove from baking sheets to wire racks.  Immediately brush with thin coat of glaze.  Makes 18.

 

Glaze

 

1 1/4
cups powdered sugar
2 to 3
tablespoons evaporated milk
2 to 3
drops food coloring (red or yellow)
1/2
teaspoon vanilla extract

 

 

Combine ingredients in small bowl.  Beat until smooth.