Classic Easter food that will put a ‘spring’ in your step
Easter is a time of year that brings a lot of joy – it comes at a time when the sun begins to shine a little more, new life begins, and the days begin to draw out ready for the summer.
But perhaps one of the most exciting things about Easter is the traditional food that we get to enjoy over the long Easter weekend. And, as we face another Easter in lockdown, what better way to spend your time at home or in the garden than enjoying some delicious food?
Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth and enjoy Easter eggs the most, or you’re more into savoury and can’t wait to get stuck into your roast dinner, we’ve compiled a list of classics that everyone is sure to enjoy this Easter.
Hot cross buns
These spicy, sweet and sticky buns lathered in butter make the perfect Easter breakfast or brunch. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, hot cross buns also have a history behind them; according to the story, a monk first baked these kinds of buns and marked them with a cross in honour of Good Friday.
Today, you can get hot cross buns in all sorts of crazy flavours including white chocolate and raspberry, cheesy Marmite, rhubarb and custard, and mocha. But if you want to stick to the more traditional flavour, you’ll love this tear and share maple hot cross bun recipe.
Easter bunny pancakes
If you’re looking for something to keep the children entertained this Easter, then why not try making Easter Bunny pancakes with them?
They’re quick and easy to whip up and are also a healthy option for breakfast, with the bunny’s face made of banana, blueberries and strawberries.
(See photo above for an example!)
Roast lamb Sunday dinner
On Easter Sunday, tradition dictates that we all sit down together with family and feast on a roast lamb dinner. Accompanied by spring vegetables such as carrots, peas and cabbage, as well as crispy roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings, this meal is a great way to bring the family together and celebrate.
If you’re struggling for inspiration, give this roast lamb studded with rosemary and garlic a try – it’ll be sure to get your tastebuds tingling!
Spring chicken pot pie
Even though it’s traditionally lamb that’s eaten on Easter Sunday, there are still lots of options for those who would prefer something a little different from their Easter dinner. Turkey, chicken, and ham are also commonly eaten at this time of year and these meats can often be a lot cheaper than lamb, too.
This spring chicken pot pie recipe is a great alternative to the traditional Easter roast lamb and, made with leeks and peas, it’s full of healthy veggies too.
Carrot cake may or may not be the official dessert choice of the Easter Bunny, but this rich, moist treat is certainly a staple on many Easter tables. Not only does it have the perfect combination of sweet and spice, but the fluffy texture and smooth cream cheese frosting make it a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
If you’re feeling creative and aren’t happy with your cake just tasting like carrot, why not make your cake look like carrot too? Take a look at this Easter carrot cake recipe to see how to do just that, with only orange icing and a sprig of mint.
Chocolate cornflake cakes
Perhaps the easiest treat to make at Easter is chocolate cornflake cakes- all you have to do is melt down milk chocolate, mix it all into a bowl with some cornflakes, and spoon into individual cake cases. And don’t forget to add some delicious chocolate eggs on the top, as the finishing touch.
Which of these classic Easter foods will you be eating this year?