Easter treats don’t have to be chocolate! We’ve found some sweet alternatives to make Easter special for little ones.
Start a new tradition this Easter and commission a special personalised wooden Easter Egg from Woodbotherer. These beautiful keepsakes come in a variety of designs including this lovely hand drawn Peter Rabbit image, and they can be personalised with a name and a small flower on the back.
Be in quick – order for New Zealand Easter delivery by 18 March for standard post or 21 March for delivery by courier.
We’ve got some colourful ideas for creative Easter activities with the kids…
Easter biscuits are a perennial favourite and the kids will love these 3D printed cutters from Making It – the bunnies are a must!
Who doesn’t love an egg hunt? The whole whanau can make their own personalised collecting baskets with these gorgeous kits from Sew Personal.
And here’s a great idea for gifts the kids can give – let them decorate their own eggs and box them up in these sweet gift boxes (with a matching card) from Catalina.
I’ve recently discovered Heston Blumenthal’s method for the perfect boiled egg, and I must say I’m crowing about it.
Place the eggs in the smallest pan available and add just enough cold water to cover them. Put the lid on the pan and place over the highest heat possible. (It’s really important to bring the water temperature up as fast as you can.)
When the water comes to the boil, remove the pan from the heat and wait for 6 minutes. (Depending on the size of your eggs you may need to adjust this time slightly.)
After the time has elapsed, remove the lid and carefully remove each egg. Cut the top off each egg before serving in egg cups. Season to taste.
Got the urge to do a bit of baking this long weekend? How about spending your Saturday making some Classic Hot Cross Buns? (Recipe from Allyson Gofton.)
4 cups high grade flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp each ground allspice, mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg
¼ cup brown sugar
1½ tsp dried yeast or 1½ tbsp Surebake
1 cup warm milk
100 grams softened butter
1 cup mixed dried fruit
½ cup flour
1 tblsp butter
¼ tsp baking powder
about ¼ cup milk
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp hot milk
1. Put the flour, salt, spices and brown sugar into a food processor and pulse to sift.
2. Stir the yeast and milk together and set aside in a warm place for 15 minutes or until the mixture is frothy.
3. Beat the eggs and softened butter into the frothy mixture.
4. With the motor running, pour the yeast mixture down the feed tube as fast as the flour can absorb it to form a soft dough. Process the mixture for 1 minute. Add the dried fruit and pulse to blend.
5. Turn the dough over in a greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for about 1 hour until the dough has doubled in bulk.
6. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and divide into 16 equal portions. Roll into balls and place on a greased baking tray with about 1 cm between each bun.
7. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for about 30 minutes until well risen. Brush with milk.
8. Cross paste: sift flour and baking powder together. Rub in butter. Stir in enough milk to make a thick batter that can be piped. Pipe thin crosses onto the buns.
9. Bake at 190ºC for about 20-25 minutes.
10. Sugar glaze: dissolve sugar in hot milk. Brush buns with the sugar glaze just before they come out of the oven.
11. Cool on a cake rack.
We think these are a great way to broaden the focus from all that chocolate over Easter. For more ideas, check out all the Easter inspiration on our Pinterest board!
How do you like your Easter mornings? Do they start with a tasty breakfast – perhaps a perfect boiled egg?
What about making a few homemade Easter treats? Making bunny biscuits is a great activity for the kids, and a change from chocolate.
And while we’re on the subject of bunnies… we think this guy is pretty gosh-darned cute.
Finally, take a break and send the kids out for an Easter egg forage in the garden – they’ll have worked up an appetite by the time those biscuits are baked, and maybe you’ll be able to sneak a few before they get back!