Easter is an amazing time for kids, just like Christmas there is a buzz of excitement in the air. Even though we’re in the UAE we can celebrate as we would do back home, spending time with family and friends, lots of good food and enjoying the sunshine. Amidst all those plans, baking and home cooking is always a firm favourite over Easter, so we have compiled a few ideas to get you busy in the kitchen with your kids this Easter.
MINI EGG ROCKY ROAD
If you’re not a baker or any good in the kitchen in fact, this recipe is for you! It’s a ‘throw it all together’ recipe and the kids will love making it as it is super easy and really quicktoo. It only needs to be chilled to set, so no actual baking skills required, so turn that oven off!
• 400g white chocolate broken into pieces
• 100g digestive biscuits broken into pieces
• 150g mini marshmallows
• 90g mini eggs
1. Line an 18cm x 18cm tin with cling film. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place on top of a pan of simmering water, continuously mix until it has melted.
Top tip, make sure the bowl doesn’t actually touch the water as it will burn the chocolate!
2. Remove the bowl from the heat and mix in the digestives, marshmallows and most of the mini eggs (remember to save some to decorate!)
3. Once mixed, pour into the tin and scatter over the remaining mini eggs.
4. Chill for 2-3 hours and then cut into 25 small squares when set.
CLASSIC EASTER CHOCOLATE NESTS
When we hear Easter, we think chocolate and whenever we do any baking over Easter, these are a must. Super easy to make, the epitome of Easter and what’s more, there’s a delicious chocolate-y bowl to lick afterwards!
• 100g Cornflakes
• 100g dark chocolate
• 100g milk Chocolate
• 25g butter
• 1 Tbsp honey
• Bag of mini eggs
1. Break the chocolate into pieces and place into a microwavable bowl along with the butter and honey. Microwave until the chocolate and butter has melted and mix in the cornflakes.
2. Put muffin cases into a muffin tray and spoon the mixture evenly into each case, pressing the spoon in the middle to make a well.
3. Chill in the fridge for one hour and then add 2-3 mini eggs in each nest.
Who doesn’t love cookies? Not only are they perfect with a cuppa but they look super cute if you’re wanting to gift these to any friends or family over Easter. Again, this are super simple to make and are nice and quick, so the kiddies won’t have to wait too long for them to be ready!
• 100g butter
• 150g soft brown sugar
• 1 egg
• ½ Tsp vanilla extract
• 200g self-raising flour
• 100g chocolate chips
• 2 x 90g bag of mini eggs
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C or 170°C (fan assisted) and grease or line 3 baking trays
2. Soften the butter and mix with the sugar using a whisk until light and fluffy
3. Add the egg and the vanilla extract to the mixture
4. Mix in the flour
5. Using a wooden spoon, mix in one packet of mini eggs
6. Spoon the mixture on the trays making sure there is space between the cookies for them to spread during baking
7. Place a few mini eggs on each cookie then pop in the oven
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden and have flattened slightly
9. Leave to cool on a wire rack, enjoy!
QUICK HOT CROSS BUNS
Is it even Easter if you don’t have a hot cross bun? Surely not! So even if you can’t find any in your local supermarket, there’s no excuse now not to indulge in one this Easter!
• 150g self-raising flour
• 1 ½ Tsp cinnamon
• 1 Tsp nutmeg
• ½ Tsp allspice
• 1/8 Tsp ground cloves
• 2 Tbsp brown sugar
• 200g Greek yoghurt
• 1 Tsp vanilla bean paste
• Maple syrup to glaze
• Handful of sultanas / dried fruit (optional)
• 35g plain flour
• 2 ½ Tbsp water
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
2. Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl including the sugar
3. Whisk all the dry ingredients until the mixture is free of lumps
4. Add yoghurt and vanilla bean paste to the dry ingredients, you can always mix with a spoon and when it becomes too tricky, finish mixing with clean hands
5. If wanting to add dried fruit, add a handful of dried fruit to the mixture and stir through
6. Work ingredients until they come together in a bowl and then place onto a floured surface.
7. Try not to overwork the dough, knead together to make a smooth ball.
8. Divide the ball into 4 small balls and pop onto the baking tray leaving a space between each one
9. In a small bowl mix the plain flour and water, whisk until smooth and put into a piping bag or a Ziplock bag, if you don’t have a piping bag!
10. Pipe a cross over each ball and place in the oven for 20 minutes
11. Once baked glaze the hot cross buns with the maple syrup making sure you cover them generously!
Hopefully there’s some inspiration there for you to get you Easter baking with the kids! Wishing all our British Mums a very Happy Easter.
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