We are all looking forward to the long Easter weekend, four days to relax and eat plenty of chocolate with the family. With the sunshine finally making an appearance it’s safe to say we will all be trying to make the most of it putting on a spread at home and enjoying the garden.
Meaning in true last-minute style, you are browsing google for the perfect picky bits and sweet treats to bake. Making it easy for you, we have pulled together some of our favourite easter recipes that always go down a hit. So from our team, here are our ultimate easter recipes for you to choose from…
Homemade Hot Cross Buns
If you haven’t already noticed hot cross buns this easter has been taken up a notch, with so many different flavours to choose from. A team favourite are the apple and cinnamon hot cross buns. These make the perfect snack with tea for anyone visiting or for an afternoon tea-inspired spread. Take a look at the Baking Mad recipe and try it at home.
For the Buns:
- 625g Allinson’s Strong White Bread Flour
- 7g Allinson’s Easy Bake Yeast Sachet
- 75g Billington’s Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
- 0pinch Salt
- 2 tsp Mixed spice
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 50g Butter (unsalted)
- 250ml Milk (whole)
- 125ml Water
- 2 Apple(s) (peeled cored and finely diced)
- 100g Raisins
For the Cross Decoration:
- 3 tbsp Allinson’s Plain White Flour
- 1 tbsp Water
For the Glaze:
- 2 tbsp Billington’s Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
- 2 tbsp Water
Place the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl and stir together.
Melt the butter with half of the milk in a small pan, add the remaining cold milk and 125ml cold water, so that the liquid is hand hot. Pour it into the flour mixture and stir lightly.
Add the raisins and finely diced apple and knead firmly for 10 minutes (or 5 minutes in a mixer with a dough hook) until the dough is smooth and elastic. Don’t worry if apples have a tendency to fall out of the mixture, you can knead them into each bun as you shape them.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll into a long sausage, cut into 16 equal pieces, each will weigh about 75-80 grams.
Pinch the edges of each piece of dough up to the centre until you have a smooth ball, turn seam side down on the worktop and roll into a smooth ball. Place the buns on a baking tray allowing space for them to double in size. You may need two trays.
Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until the dough has really doubled in size.
Once the dough has doubled in size, gently knock back the dough and prove for a second time until doubled once again.
8. Step eight:
When to dough is almost ready, preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan, gas mark 6). Mix the plain flour with enough water to make a stiff paste. Place in a piping bag and snip the end then pipe crosses on the hot cross buns.
How to make stripes on a hot cross bun
Bake for 15 minutes, then cover with baking parchment and continue to cook for another 5 minutes until the buns are golden, and firm and one feels hollow when removed from the baking tray. Allow to cool completely.
To glaze, dissolve 2 tbsp caster sugar in 2 tbsp water, boil for 1 minute then brush over the hot buns as soon as they come out of the oven.
Easter Bunny Biscuits
Denby, one of our favourite cookware brands always has the best recipes for you to choose from. This easter they have put together some delicious easter recipes that we have been trialling out and they don’t disappoint. These Bunny Biscuits are adorable, brightening up your table spread and making the perfect fun snack for the little ones this Easter.
- 250g butter, softened
- 140g caster sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 300g plain flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Ready-made icing to decorate
Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Should be light and fluffy in texture.
2. Step two:
Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and briefly beat to combine.
3. Step three
Then gradually sift in the flour and stir until everything is well combined.
4. Step four:
Wrap the biscuit dough in a reusable food wrap and chill for an hour.
5. Step five:
Pre-heat the oven to 190ºC, 375ºF, Gas Mark 5.
6. Step six:
Lightly dust your surface with flour and roll out your dough to about 3mm thick.
7. Step seven:
Use Easter cutters to create your biscuits and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
8. Step eight:
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool.
9. Step nine:
Decorate with ready-roll icing to create your own Easter bunny biscuits. Yummy!