Just before I sign out for Easter and wish you all a very happy weekend, I have a few additional easy Easter recipes to share that I was invited to create for the Good Food Channel. I hope they inspire you to have a go at making or baking something yourself at home. Yes, the shops are full to the brim with commercially produced Easter eggs, cakes and hot cross buns, but there’s something truly special about having a go at something yourself at home – especially if it means challenging yourself to try something new or getting the children involved in the kitchen. Just make sure you have some aprons at the ready and your ingredients to hand, then roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. I really hope that some of these recipes feature on your Easter table – don’t forget let me know if they do!
Hot Cross Buns are easier to make at home than you may think – the buns above were only my second ever attempt – the first batch were fine, but the liquid I used was slightly too hot and I managed to kill the yeast – so you might want to avoid doing that! My version includes chocolate chips (add them towards the end of kneading) with a toffee glaze.
When baking with Creme Eggs, a good tip is to pop them in the freezer for a little but first, so that once they go into the cake batter and into the oven, they don’t melt immediately! Don’t forget to buy some of the mini Creme Eggs to decorate your cupcakes with.
I purchased an inexpensive DIY Easter Egg kit at Lakeland and we had a go at making some of our own Caramel and White Chocolate Easter Eggs - the kids were really thrilled and we found making them a relaxing way to spend a not-so-sunny spring afternoon.
Finally, probably my favourite recipe, a chocolate cake covered in chocolate butter cream and completely encrusted in Mini Eggs - you'll need about eight large packets but it makes for a great Easter centre-piece!
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Finally...I'm off to colour my eggs for our Easter basket and then...put my feet up!
Have a great Easter weekend.
Ren Behan is a freelance contributor to the Good Food Channel. All recipes, styling and photographs in this post author's own.