With a long weekend to play with, and a legitimate excuse to eat chocolate and cakes, Easter is the perfect chance to get in the kitchen with your kids and get baking.
Try out these four simple recipes, letting your little ones help with the stirring, kneading and decorating, and you’ll savour the special memories you make as much as the treats you’ll create.
1. Easter biscuits
The beauty of biscuits is they can be whatever shape you want them to be. And its should be easy enough to find bunny- and chick-shaped cookie cutters in the lead-up to Easter. If not, you could use the usual circle cutter and trim the edges to create an egg shape.
Simply follow our easy-peasy butter biscuit recipe, cutting them into the desired shapes before baking. Then stir up some icing and add food colouring – from chick yellow to pink for your bunny noses. Then get creative: jelly beans and tots for noses and eyes, liquorice for whiskers, or just lots of different colours for prettily decorated Easter egg biscuits.
2. Bunny cupcakes
These are the same as butterfly cakes – but instead of wings, you use the cake top to make bunny ears!
To make the cakes, preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 6 and lay out 12 cases in a cake tin. Mix 110g each of caster sugar and self-raising flour with 2 tsp baking powder. Add 110g butter and two eggs before whisking together. Fill the cake cases with mixture and bake for around 15 minutes, or until golden brown. While they cool, make butter icing with 220g of icing sugar, 110g of butter and a dash of milk.
Once cooled, use a sharp knife to cut a cone shape out the top of the cake. Cut the shape in half, then cut off the bottoms to make them flat. Fill the hole with butter icing and pop the cake shapes on top so they stick up like ears. Cute and yummy!
3. Three-ingredient hot cross scones
Of course it’s usually hot cross buns, but you can make these babies with just three ingredients – one of which is lemonade! – so they’re great for making with the kids.
To make six scones, simply mix 250g self-raising flour with 150ml cream and half a can of lemonade. Stir the ingredients with a metal knife until it becomes dough-like.
Sprinkle flour on the kitchen surface and get the kids to help you knead it into a ball. Cut into rounds and use currants to make a cross atop each scone.
Place close together on a lined baking tray and bake at 200C for 15 minutes. Enjoy warm with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
4. Egg and cress heads
Not a recipe as such, but who doesn’t remember making a cress head when they were kids? So it’s time to recreate those memories.
Have one egg per child (and adult if you want to join the fun!), and carefully remove the top of each egg, emptying the shells and washing them out.
Decorate the shells with paints, or by drawing on funny faces with felt-tips, then leave to dry. Dip a cotton wool ball for each egg into a little water, squeezing off excess. Drop into the shell and sprinkle with a teaspoon of cress seeds.
Pop into eggcups and leave them on a sunny windowsill for a week, when the cress should start to sprout. When they’re ready for a hair cut, enjoy egg and cress sandwiches!
And don’t forget…
All these yummy treats take a toll on your teeth, so be sure to take extra special care of them with Oral-B Pro-Expert Toothpaste
The paste has a unique formulation with stannous fluoride, which strengthens the enamel, breaks down plaque and defends your teeth against acids, leaving you with an all-round healthier mouth than if you used ordinary toothpaste. So you can indulge in those Easter treats (almost) guilt free.
What’s your favourite Easter recipe? Share it with us in the comments section below.