Easter runs from Good Friday on 18th April ‘til Easter Monday on the 21st April this year. It is a lovely time of year to spend as a family. The children really look forward to it – mainly for the chocolate eggs, I guess! But there are lots of fun activities you can do together and delicious food to make, bake and eat.
A favourite for children at this time of year are chocolate ‘nests’ with little edible eggs on top and they’re easy so the kids can join in.
To make these crazy, crackled eggs, simply hard boil the eggs, then roll them around to crack the shells, then re-boil them in water containing food colouring – so easy!
If you enjoy baking, this cute Easter funny bunny cake would definitely amuse the kids – what a clever way to create the shape!
And with all these Easter bunnies hopping around, a carrot cake seems quite appropriate – and one the adult guests might enjoy.
There’s such a lot of sweet stuff consumed at Easter, but it doesn’t all have to be sugary. There are healthier Easter-themed options too, look at these great ideas:
And it wouldn’t be the same without some traditional hot cross buns, of course.
A traditional bake for Easter is Simnel cake – usually decorated with 11 marzipan balls to represent the apostles – minus Judas, for obvious reasons. This is Jamie Oliver’s recipe, which you might like to try:
- 175g (6oz) unsalted butter
- 175g (6oz) soft light brown sugar
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
- 175g (6oz) plain flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 25g (1oz) ground almonds
- ½tsp each ground cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 1tbsp semi-skimmed milk
- 150g (5½oz) raisins
- 100g (3½oz) currants or
- 100g (3½oz) sour cherries or dried cranberries, chopped
- 100g (3½oz) mixed peel
- 2tbsp apricot jam
- Icing sugar, for dusting
- 220g (8oz) golden marzipan
Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas 2. Grease the base and sides of a 20cm (8in) loose-bottomed cake tin and double line with greaseproof paper. Cream the butter and sugar until pale, then beat in the zest. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
Beat 1 egg into the butter mixture with 1tbsp of the dry mix. Repeat with the remaining eggs, and finish by folding in all the dry mix. Stir in the milk and dried fruits and peel. Do not overbeat. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 1¾ hours or until golden and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Gently heat the jam until liquid. Dust a work surface with icing sugar, roll out the marzipan to 1cm (½in) thick and trim so it’s a little bigger than the tin. Use the trimmings to form 11 balls. Brush the top of the cake with jam and put the marzipan round on it. Crimp the edges with your fingers and dot the balls round the cake, securing with jam. Serve as it is, or caramelise the marzipan edges with a blowtorch or under a hot grill.
And of course when it comes to Easter food, presentation is very important, so even simple Easter biscuits can look the part with our cookie cutters:
If you are planning to bake cupcakes and give them as gifts, we have the most adorable ‘Hop to it’ cake box in the shop
Set a pretty table with a vase of flowers and our fresh looking tablecover:
Hang some garlands:
And serve up food on our lovely themed plates and bowls, adding nice little extra touches, such as traditional stripey straws…
So you see, even simple food such as sandwiches and crisps look the part when served on our sweet Easter tableware.
Now for Competition Time!!!
To get you in the Easter mood even more, we are running not one, but two great competitions, starting today!
Enter via the rafflecopter widget below to win a ‘Hop to It’ eggbox treat kit and Easter Chick Bunting…
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And then head over to Pinterest and start following us. Create an Easter/spring board, adding as many images that mean Easter and springtime to you and your family and at least 3 favourite items from our Easter supplies. You could win yourself a complete Easter bundle including a Happy Easter garland, Egg Hunt Kit and a set of Easter chick plates, cups, napkins and Easter chick straws!!!
Competition closes 14th April 2014 at noon and the winner will be selected and informed the following day. Remember to add #thepartycompanycomp so we can find your board.
Both competitions are open to UK entrants only.