If it’s Easter, it’s chocolate time! With a lot of people ditching chocolate and other treats for lent, Easter Sunday is that long awaited day filled with chocolate, crisps, sweets and other delicious goodies.
There are only two weeks to go until Easter so here at GiftsDirect.com we’ve put together our Top 5 Easter Recipes for those of you with a bit of a sweet tooth. Stock up on sweetness this Easter with chocolate brownies, cakes and biscuits, or for the more traditional some warm hot cross buns!
1. Hot Cross Buns.
This recipe fromAllReipes.comis for an Easter classic, Hot Cross Buns. Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday). A sweet spiced treat with currants and cinnamon. There are lots of ways to eat these yummy treats- toast them with melted butter or add some jam to them.
Put the cup of warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in bread maker and start on dough program. When there are 5mins of kneading left add in the cinnamon and currants.
Put the mix down on a floured surface, covered and let it rest for 10mins. Shape the mixture into 12 balls and place them into your greased pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double(for about 35-40 minutes.)
Mix the egg yolk together with the 2 tbsp of water and use this to glaze the buns. Place the buns in the oven at 190ºC. Remove after 20mins and allow to cool. When cooled mix together your milk, sugar and vanilla to make your mixture of the crosses. Brush this mixture across the buns in the shape of an X.
2. Double Chocolate Brownies
Everyone likes some chocolaty treats at Easter! And after 40 long days of Lent when many people give up their favourite chocolate treats, these double chocolate brownies are sure to fill the void! ThisJamie Oliverrecipeserves 12 and has a cook time of less than an hour.
The ingredients you will need are as follows:
180 g butter (plus extra for greasing)
150 g self-raising flour (plus extra for dusting)
300 g sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large free-range eggs
75 g dark chocolate
75 g white chocolate
100 g hazelnuts
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Grease your baking dish (around 15cm x 25cm) and preheat your oven to 170ºC. Over a medium heat, melt your butter and sugar then stir in the flour and vanilla, and crack in the eggs. Divide your mixture between 2 bowls.
Chop up the nuts. Chop up the dark and white chocolate into separate bowls. Mix the cocoa, dark chocolate and half the nuts into one bowl, then stir the white chocolate and remaining nuts into the other. Place alternate spoonfuls into the prepared dish, swirling it through. Bake in the oven for 30 – 40 mins, then enjoy!
3. Chocolate Lollipops
A very simple recipe ideal to make with the kids over the Easter holidays. All you need for this one is chocolate, some chocolate extract, lollipop sticks and some sprinkles for decoration.
For a serving of 10 you will need:
100g of Milk Chocolate (or replace with white or dark chocolate if you prefer)
2 Teaspoons of Chocolate Extract
10 Lollipop Sticks
Sprinkles to decorate
Prepare your baking sheet by covering it with greaseproof paper.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until all the lumps are gone. Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and stir in the extract. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the baking sheet in a disc shape. Place the lollipop stick onto the chocolate disc so it’s about 1/3 of the way up and is covered in chocolate.
Decorate the lollipop discs with sprinkles of your choice. Repeat this method until you have used all of your chocolate mixture. Allow the lollipops to cool and for 30mins in a cool place.
This recipe is also fromBaking Mad, the easy to make biscuits are perfect for making over the Easter holidays with young children as they can each decorate their own personal Easter biscuits!
The prep time is only 20mins and the tasty treats only take 10mins to bake.
325g Plain White Flour
200g Butter (chilled)
125g Unrefined golden caster sugar
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 Egg Yolks
4505g Icing Sugar
Food colouring range of colours
Begin by preheating your oven to 180ºC. Prepare your biscuit tins by lightly greasing them.
Blend your flour, butter and sugar together until it has the consistency of fine crumbs. Add in your egg yolks and vanilla extract to the mixture until it begins to bind together into a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface and then leave to chill for approx. 30mins.
Once the mix has been allowed to chill, begin kneading it again on the floured surface and then using your cutters cut out your shapes from the dough, placing them on the greased baking tray. Allow the biscuits to bake for 10mins.
Once they have cooled, make up your icing mixture using the instructions on the packet. Put this into a piping bag and decorate as you wish! You can also add different colourings to the icing to vary your decoration or add some sprinkles for a different effect.
5. Chocolate Krispie Chick
A crispy chocolaty treat that everyone will enjoy over the Easter holidays courtesy of BBC Good Food:
Ingredients for the egg:
175g Milk Chocolate (brake into pieces)
50g Rice Krispie Cereal
To decorate the egg:
2 x 50g bags of mini chocolate eggs
2 White Chocolate Buttons
50g Golden Marzipan
25g of White Chocolate (brake into pieces)
2 x Chocolate Egg Moulds
A Piping Bag
A Small Paintbrush (or pastry brush)
This recipe makes one large egg, so you can adjust the ingredients depending on how many you want to make!
Melt your milk chocolate pieces in a bowl over simmering water (ensuring the bowl does not touch the water). When the chocolate is smooth take it off the heat and mix in your rice krispies until they are covered in the chocolate mix.
Spoon half the chocolate rice krispie mix into one of the moulds, then use the back of your spoon to press it into a thick, even layer. Be sure to cover the whole of the inside, leaving a thick edge. Repeat with the other mould and leave in a cool place to set. When cooled put the moulds in the fridge for 5 mins (no longer).
When you have removed the eggs from the mould (carefully!), fill one half with your chocolate mini eggs and then seal the two halves of the egg together using some of the melted chocolate. Allow time to set.
Once the egg has set you can begin to decorate! To make the eggs (pictured) paint blobs of the milk chocolate onto the white chocolate buttons and stick these to the egg using a little of the melted chocolate. Spoon the white chocolate into a small piping bag, then pipe a beak and wings onto the egg and allow to set.
For the feet you will need to roll out the golden marzipan on some grease-proof paper, to about ½ cm thick. Make sure the feet are large enough that your egg can be placed on top of them. Once the egg has completely set then you can press it down on the feet so that it is secure and enjoy!
Indulge in some of these delicious baked good over the Easter break and have some fun baking and decorating with all the family or if baking isn’t appealing to you but the chocolate treats still are you can check out our selection of Easter eggs and Easter Hampers at GiftsDirect.com.