Zhavoronki or Larks (little bird breads)
- 6 cups flour (I am using half whole wheat and half unbleached white)
- 1 cup sugar (next time I'm going to use honey)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 1/4 tsp. yeast
- orange zest (optional)
- cloves, raisins, or cranberries for eyes
- sunflower seeds or whole almonds for beak
Divide the dough into 40 pieces. Roll each piece into a long round shape. Tie each piece into a knot (we did not do this, but just formed it into a nice bird shape). Make one end into the shape of a head for the bird. The other end will be the tail feathers with a knife cut little lines. Put two cloves, raisins or cranberries (you can get creative) on each bird for the eye and a whole almond for the beak.
Bake for 20-30 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. We didn't get 40 out of this batch, but less, so next time, we'll have to portion out smaller pieces of dough. They were still fun to make!