Am I the only person that feels like winter descended on us very abruptly this year? I’m hauling out winter clothes and fluffy bed throws and have been tempted on more than one occasion to put the heater on. I’m not complaining but I was kind of hoping for a few warm autumnal days to spent on the beach before we get into the cold and hopefully damp depths of a Cape Town winter. These recipes, which I have rounded up for Easter feasting, are what I am thinking about these days.
Baking at Easter is always a good idea and I have you covered with these stout hot cross buns which are way easier to make than you might think and so much better than anything you will find in a shop. They have been baked so many times by friends of the blog and the feedback has been amazing. The hot cross cinnamon sticky buns or biscotti with hot cross bun flavours are another two delicious options. Or turn the hot cross bun into a loaf of bread which is easier for toasting.
If you are having an indulgent Easter feast, I think it’s nice to keep the starter quite casual and rather have people nibble on a few light snacks to liven up the appetite. My best ever chicken liver pate – another classic from the blog, is what I like. Perhaps on some melba toast. A drop of marmalade gives it a sweet edge. Or these tomato & basil crostini with whipped goats cheese. Both can be made in advance.
For the main event, nothing beats a roast lamb and I love this slow-roasted version with rosemary, garlic and harissa. It basically cooks itself leaving you plenty of time to do other things. If you don’t like lamb, this comforting roast chicken with stout, rosemary & honey is a lovely option and both should be served with duck fat roast potatoes. You can check out this comprehensive list of vegetable side dishes if you need any more inspiration. My favourite Chicken with white wine, herbs & garlic is a winner, always as is a classic beef, Bourguignon. My lamb shank pie with red wine, rosemary & bay is a showstopper.
For dessert, I love this hot cross bun pudding with chocolate and orange, but the pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup are a show stopper. I also love the plum torte because it’s in my top 5 favourite things to bake and plums are in season now. This fig sticky toffee pudding is a real winner and perfect to feed a crowd.
I hope you have the happiest Easter break and get around to making some delicious food. If you ever make any of my recipes, please tag me @drizzleanddip on social media because nothing makes me happier than seeing what you do.
A few other recipes ideas:
And if you feel the need for more chocolate, which I can only assume you do, try these killer chocolate brownies with Nutella.
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