Easter treats and clever egg hunts
Our favourite deliciously indulgent and fun long weekend is almost here and we just can’t wait. Easter is an especially exciting time to spend with our families and friends in the kitchen, enjoying delicious chocolate eggs and other yummy, specially baked treats. Everybody loves a warm, sticky hot cross bun. So here’s a yummy recipe with plenty of steps so that you can get the whole family involved.
Jamie Oliver’s delicious, sticky hot cross buns
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
- 1 teaspoon of mixed spice.
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- 200ml of semi-skimmed milk.
- 1 x large egg.
- 55g of unsalted butter.
- 2 x tablespoons of plain flour.
- 55g of castor sugar.
- 14g of yeast.
- 455g of bread flour.
- ½ of whole nutmeg.
- 2 x pieces stem ginger.
- 55g of raisins.
- 30g x dried cranberries.
- 2 x tablespoons mixed peel.
- Glaze your hot cross buns with honey.
- Warm up the milk and 50ml of water in a small pan, over a low heat for a few minutes. Don’t let it reach boiling temperature.
- In a different pan melt the butter over a low heat. Once it has melted take it off the heat.
- Pour the warm milk mixture into a medium sized bowl and slowly add the yeast while stirring.
- You will need to use a large bowl to sift the flour into. Add the salt, spices, the nutmeg and the sugar into the flour. Add the finely chopped stem ginger into the mixture and stir.
- It’s time to add in the melted butter and yeast mixture. Create a well in the centre of the flour mix and pour both mixtures into it.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add this to the flour mix as well.
- Use a fork to mix the mixture until you have a rough dough. Then move the dough to a flour dusted work surface and knead it for around 10 minutes, or until soft and springy.
- Place the dough into a flour dusted bowl and cover it with a damp tea towel. Leave it for at least an hour in a warm place to rise. It should double in size.
- Place the dough onto a flour dusted work surface and remove all the air by hitting it with your fist. Knead in the raisins and cranberries for about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 190°C and grease a large baking tray.
- Roll the dough into 12 equal balls. Then place them onto the baking tray with even spaces.
- Leave the dough balls in a warm place for another 30 minutes under a tea towel, or until they have doubled in size.
- While you wait mix the plain flour and 2 tablespoons of water into a bowl, until you have a thick paste.
- Gently pat down the risen buns and use a piping bag to carefully draw a cross over the top of the buns.
- Place the hot cross buns into the preheated oven for approximately 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown. .
- Once they are cooked place them onto a cooling rack and brush them with a little honey. Then leave them to cool.
- Slice open the yummy hot cross buns and spread a little bit of butter. Serve this delicious Easter treat to your guests with a cup of tea.
Recipe sourced from Jamie Oliver
3 ways to make the Easter Egg Hunt more fun!
Now that we have some scrumptious baked treats for the adults, here are 3 ways to make your children’s Easter egg hunt a lot more fun.
- Colourize the eggs – To ensure that all is fair in love and Easter eggs, divide the eggs the night before. Pick a colour per child and then stick the chosen colour sticker onto each egg in their pile. Before the hunt begins advise each child which is their assigned colour and those are the eggs that they must find. This method works wonderfully to ensure that the older kids don’t run around and sweep up all the goodies before the younger kids have a chance.
- Map Egg Hunt- Much like a treasure hunt you will need to create a map of the Easter egg hunt area. Mark off each spot where the delicious ‘treasure’ has been hidden with an ‘X’. Then appoint one of the kids to be the ‘General’ in charge of the map and send them on their way. You will love watching your children’s excited faces each time they discover the yummy treats that you’ve hidden for them. This is also a great way to avoid finding messy, melted eggs that weren’t found, months later!
- Lollipop Garden – Indulge your children’s imaginations by helping them plant a lollipop garden. The night before the big Easter egg hunt take your children out to the garden with some seeds to plant. Help them plant the seeds in a special place and tell them that they are growing lollipops. Once they have gone to sleep, sneak out to the garden and replace the seeds with lollipops standing up like plants. Enjoy watching your children’s amazed expression when they run outside in the morning and find their little lollipop garden.
With all the yummy treats, games and family time it is hard not to love this exciting long weekend. Make sure that your Easter weekend is extra special this year by baking Jamie Oliver’s’ lip-smacking, hot cross buns or playing one or two of our featured games.