Sunday

Easter treats

It is Easter next weekend, which gives me a great excuse to eat too much chocolate and have a little family get together. I know my nieces and nephews will look forward to a little egg hunt, but I have thought of a few little Easter treats they may be interested in too.
Will you be having a little Easter party? If so, here are a few quick and easy Easter recipes for you to try out.
Easter Nests:
These are simple, effective, and great for the children to help out with. I don't use shredded wheat for my nest as I really do not like it. So instead I use cornflakes which are just as good, but it is up to you.
All you need is:
A huge bowl of cor flakes/shredded wheat
2 bars of milk chocolate (or dark- your preference)
Bag of mini chocolate eggs
Colourful paper cases
  • Line a 12 hole cake tin with the colourful paper cases.
  • Melt the broken up chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, making sure the water does not touch the base of the bowl. Stir the chocolate until smooth.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and gradually stir in the cornflakes until every flake is coated in chocolate.
  • Divide the chocolate flakes between the cake cases and place 3 speckled chocolate eggs in the centre. Place the tray in the fridge until completely set.
Lemon Drizzle Cake:
This recipe is so easy and so very satisfying. I haven't used any decoration, but this cake can be smothered in pastel coloured sprinkles or mini eggs or even a fluffy chick or two.
All you need is:
Cake:
4oz soft butter
6oz caster sugar
2 eggs
6oz self raising flour
Grated rind of one lemon
5tbsp milk
Icing:
Juice of one lemon
3oz icing sugar

  • Line the cake/loaf tin and preheat the oven to 170 C/325 F/Gas mark 3.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy, then add the eggs. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the flour and lemon rind and beat until mixed. Then gradually add the milk until the mixture is all combined.
  • Pour into the tin and place int he oven for 50 minutes. The cake should should be light golden brown and the sponge should bounce back when touched. Pierce the centre, the knife should come out clean.
  • Just before the cake is due out of the oven, heath the lemon juice in the microwave for 20 seconds until warm. Mix the icing sugar until dissolved.
  • Once the cake is out, and still warm, pierce the top of the sponge with a cocktail stick and pour the icing. This will give the cake extra flavour and a nice glaze on top.
  • Leave to cool. 

Serve your delights on pretty vintage crockery, and display them on a pretty Easter table. With cups of chocolate eggs, jars filled with daffodils, jugs filled with pastel tulips, floral bunting and homemade lemonade.

I so love to bake, but I dislike all the mess and washing up after. There is so much rush too, getting the Easter table set up, never having the time to get ready and then having to spend that time washing up. I would save time by using a dishwasher. Before setting up the party table, simply hide all your bowls, tins and utensils into the dishwasher so it is all ready to just press start as your final guests leave at the end of the night. Perfect. There will be no more flour-y hair and casual clothing, and no messy kitchen either.
I love this SMEG dishwasher. The pastel blue would look perfect with my 'future' cream coloured range stove, in my 'future' cottage kitchen. I think I would need to purchase the powdered blue SMEG fridge to match!
Have a Happy Easter and Happy Baking! Eat lots of chocolate and have plenty of egg hunts with family. 

Let me know what your plans are, and if you decide to use these simple recipes. 

17 comments:

  1. yum! i'll definitely have to try the first recipe! thanks for the ideas :)

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  2. Great photos :) love the dishwasher too

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  3. oh, the easter nests recipe looks really good!

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  4. Easter nests are seriously the best things, I have to make them every year! xo

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  5. I love making easter nests.... so simple but I really love them! I love the smeg dishwasher, so pretty! I have the fridge freezer in baby pink and we're saving up for the washing machine to match! x

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  6. This is perfect Charlotte- I will definitely be trying that lemon drizzle cake! <3 xxx

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  7. Easter nests are such a great one to try with kids - they can see the immediate results and not have to wait for things to bake - just to cool! :-) Even now though I occasionally try to munch one before it is set!

    Jem xXx

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  8. This is such a cutie post. I love Easter, purely for the amount of chocolate one is allowed to consume without looking like a total heifer. The nests are definitely a favourite, and it's such a nice idea to make them with the kids.

    Ps. LOVE the dishwasher!

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  9. Easter nests are my favourite! I haven't gotten around to making any yet this year but I really must soon :)
    I hope that you're having a lovely weekend :) xxx

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  10. I just found your blog and I've been going through the archives for ages, I love it all!! I'm going to give some of these recipes a go when I go home next week :)

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  11. Charlotte, I really do adore your posts! The pictures here are incredible!

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  12. Love your pictures, not many people get into the easter spirit these days :(

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  13. oh bloomin eck these look rather delicious! <3
    xxx

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  14. I love smeg too!! They are so pretty.

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