Basket Full of Easter Fun

Basket Full of Easter Fun

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With the Easter holidays looming, the Julian Charles team have complied a basket-load of ways to entertain the troops this Easter and bring spring cheer to your home! Keep scrolling to find out how to leave you and your family with a memorable Easter break, this spring.

Breakfast

easter pancakes

Start the day right with the most important meal of the day, breakfast! This Easter Bunny breakfast pancake recipe is ideal for your little helpers to get involved with because after all, baking with your children is one of the most therapeutic and rewarding ways to bond. Here is everything you need to create your pancake masterpiece:

Ingredients

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • A knob of butter
  • A knob of butter
  • Blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream (toppings of your choice) Maple syrup to serve

Method

1. Mix flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.

2. Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter.

3. Heat a small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop a large tablespoon of batter into the pan per pancake, dragging two bunny ears out with your spoon.

4. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook for another 2-3 minutes until they become golden.

5. Cover with kitchen paper to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter. Allow cooling slightly before using whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries to decorate, then serve with a slug of maple syrup.

Easter Egg Hunt

egg hunt

It’s now time to run those full tummies off in the garden with the first Easter Egg hunt of the season! If you’re not lucky enough to catch a dry day, try creating your egg hunt around the house! This year we have added a special twist to the traditional hunt…

Start by taking photographs of items around the house and garden to give clues of where each hidden treasure is. Use each picture as a clue and hand out the photographs one by one along with an Easter basket to collect their goodies in to stop those warm little fingers melting the chocolate eggs. For the older children, why not make it a little more challenging and try taking up close pictures of the secret locations to get their brains ticking!

Arts and Crafts

bunny mask

No Easter is complete without a little arts and crafts time. This Easter Bunny mask will unleash their creativity, and its simple and inexpensive too! You will need:

Bits and Bobs

  • Pink paper plate.
  • Sheets of pink and white card
  • PVA glue
  • Thin white elastic
  • Scissors

Method

1. Start by cutting the paper plate in half and cut out two eyeholes. Then cut two long ears out of the pink card, and two smaller white sections for the insides of the ears.

2. Glue the earpieces together and fix onto the top of the plate with glue. Then, cut out a white semicircle from the card for a nose.

3. Glue three pipe cleaners horizontally in place below the eyes and stick the nose on top to secure them.

4. Make two holes in either side of the mask for the elastic and tie it on.

5. If they wish to jazz up their mask, get some cotton wool and glue and let them go fluff crazy.

6. Pull over the face and they’re ready to go!

Home Baking

hot cross buns

Whilst the little ones are decorating their masks, its time to do some baking of your own as the perfect Easter favours for your guests. Nothing says Easter like a small-spiced bun filled with currents and fruit with that distinctive white cross on the top… This year we have added a modern twist to the traditional hot cross bun recipe to excite all your bakers out there! Of course, we have included Easters secret ingredient, chocolate! Here is all the information you need to create these chocolate orange hot cross buns:

Ingredients

Dough

  • 500g plain flour
  • 80g unsalted butter or margarine
  • 7g fast action dried yeast (1 standard packet)
  • 60g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 100g milk chocolate chips – or the same amount of dark or white chocolate chips
  • Zest from 1 large orange
  • 180ml milk, warmed + extra if needed

Crosses

  • 75g plain flour
  • 75ml water

Sugar Syrup

  • 80g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp water

Method

1.To make the dough: Add the flour to a large mixing bowl and use your fingertips to rub in the butter until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the yeast, sugar and salt, spices and mix to combine fully. Add the egg and milk and mix to form sticky dough.

2.Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is soft and elasticated. Place in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm to rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.

3. Once doubled in size remove from the bowl and knead the chocolate chips and orange zest into the dough. Divide the dough into 12 equally sized portions (you want to be as precise as you can now). Shape into rounds and then place on a lined 23cm (9-inch) deep baking dish. Space the pieces of dough apart from each other so they have room to rise and join up. Cover again and leave somewhere warm until doubled in size and all joined up – this should take about 40-60 minutes (but it can take longer depending on the temperature of your surrounding).

4.Preheat your oven to 200ºC / 400ºF / gas mark 6. Make the flour paste by combining the flour and water together until thick and a piping consistency. Fill a small piping bag, fitted with a small round nozzle. Pipe the cross design on each raised bun. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and fragrant. Make the glaze by dissolving the sugar and water in a small saucepan and just allowing it to boil. Brush the top of each bun with the glaze and leave to set.

5.Serve warm and toasted with lashings of butter and chocolate spread!

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And there you have it, some fun, Easter inspired activities that will fill yours and the little ones holiday with enjoyment to remember!
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