Who can believe that Easter is just around the corner? Besides this signalling how quickly 2016 seems to be flying by, it also means that in a few days the kids will be off school and there will probably be an abundance of chocolate lying around the house. Well we’ve decided to combine these two things and have found some recipes for some brilliant Easter themed treats that you’ll be able to rustle up with the help of the little ones, take a look and see which one you fancy trying out.
Easter Fairy Cakes
Where else could we start but with a classic fairy cake topped by one of the best Easter themed sweets? These gorgeous little fairy cakes courtesy of AllRecipes should only take around half an hour from start to finish and there are plenty of jobs for the little ones to help out with!
For the cakes
- 120g of butter
- 140g of self raising flour
- 85g of caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbspns of cocoa powder
For the icing
- 100g of milk chocolate
- 120g of butter
- 120g of icing sugar
For the decoration
- Large bag of mini eggs
- A couple of flake bars
- First of all preheat your oven to 190 degrees centigrade and line 3 muffin trays with paper cases.
- Using a electric hand beater you’ll then want to mix together all of the cake ingredients in a large bowl until it makes a nice, smooth batter.
- Then spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for around 10 minutes, remove when the cakes feel fairly firm and leave to cool.
- Whilst they’re baking you’ll want to make the icing mixture. To do this you should melt the chocolate. Add this to the butter and icing sugar and beat them together.
- When the cakes are cool, spread the icing over the top and decorate with a couple of mini eggs and some crumbled flake.
And of course we’ve got the classic Jam Tart. Quick, easy and yet delicious – what more could you want? This recipe from BBC Goodfood will show you how you can make your own pastry from scratch, or you can always buy some pre-made (don’t worry we won’t tell anyone!) Again it should only take you half an hour and will produce some tasty and colourful delights.
- 170g of self raising flour
- 85g of unsalted butter
- An assortment of jams for the fillings
- To start off you should preheat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
- To make your pastry you’ll want to rub the butter and flour together in a large bowl, eventually it will start to look like breadcrumbs. When you’ve reached this stage you should then mix in a few tablespoons of water until it forms a dough.
- Roll this dough out until it is relatively thin and using a pastry cutter cut out 15 or so circles of pastry.
- Add these circles into cupcake trays and then put a teaspoon of your jam on top.
- Put them in the oven and bake for around half an hour or until the pastry is a good golden-brown colour.
Ok we realise that this recipe is bake free, but we couldn’t really leave out a rocky road could we? Taking an Easter twist with some good old mini eggs – or of course you could use some leftover Easter eggs – this BBC Goodfood recipe will be ready to eat in about an hour and a half and keeps for about 10 days – perfect for the school holidays!
- 225g of dark chocolate
- 100g of unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp of golden syrup
- 100g of rich tea biscuits
- 50g of marshmallows
- 50g of dried cranberries
- 200g of mini eggs.
- First of all you should melt your chocolate and butter together in a large bowl over the top of a saucepan of boiling water. Whilst they are melting you should line a baking tin using clingfilm.
- Once the chocolate/butter mixture is melted and glossy, remove from the heat and mix in the syrup and cocoa then allow to cool slightly.
- Break up your rich tea biscuits (putting them in a freezer bag and hitting them with a rolling pin is a good way to do this) then stir into the chocolate mix along with the the marshmallows, cranberries and about three quarters of the mini eggs.
- Pour the mixture into the lined dish and smooth out. Put the remaining eggs on top and put in the fridge to set – this should only take an hour or so.
So there are three recipes perfect for when you’re struggling to find something that will keep the kids occupied whilst they’re off school over the next couple of weeks. We hope they’re as tasty as they look but do let us know how it goes if you’re going to try any of them out!