I’m a sucker for a spot of tradition, and even though Easter doesn’t fall in spring in our part of the world, all those European rituals involving symbols of renewal such as chickens, eggs and bunnies are something I always look forward to.
When our kids were little, most of my Easter holiday would be spent organising. My checklist ran the gambit of ritual tasks – putting out a stash of fresh carrots at the front door to lure the Easter bunny, followed by preparations for the great Sunday morning Easter egg hunt and the ensuing Sunday feast. And of course there was the Easter baking – each year a different recipe for hot cross buns or a new Easter cake to try out, and then we’d always do something fancy with eggs.
While the egg hunt is long gone now that our kids have flown the nest, Easter baking remains a staunch tradition – I’d hate to miss it. There’s something wonderfully connecting and reassuring in the rituals of making yeasty buns or special Easter cakes, or decorating eggs at this same time each year. And with a couple of extra days' holiday there’s actually the time to enjoy it.
This year I’ve started my preparations by bringing together lots of gorgeous Easter cooking and craft inspiration on a special Pinterest board. Take a look and then visit my website for all my favourite Easter recipes – from Easter French Toast using leftover hot cross buns, to a lamb roast for Sunday, with plenty of chocolate in between, of course!
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