When it comes to Easter, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do this year with the usual events postponed, church services cancelled and pubs, restaurants and cafes closed rather than serving the traditional Easter Sunday Lunch. That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Easter though, especially when it comes to the food. Food at Easter is rich, spiced, flavourful and easy to make at home. Here are some of the best Easter treats with tips on where to find them locally and even some cheeky recipes for keeping yourself busy at home!
When it comes to Easter, likely the first thing you think of is chocolate eggs. The whole idea of chocolate eggs at Easter came from the Cadbury bothers, but you don’t have to head to the supermarket to grab this traditional favourite, why not speak to some of the region’s chocolatiers? Though many of them will be closed or restricted in line with government guidelines, there are options for home delivery. Click here to find out more about what Dorset Chocolatiers have to offer.
Of course, historically, chocolate eggs were not widely used to celebrate Easter, but actual eggs were. It is traditional to start your day on Easter Sunday with a boiled egg. Eggs are symbolic because of their association with new life, so click here to get in touch with some of the region’s farmers to organise an egg delivery. Any eggs that you don’t eat for breakfast you can use to create tasty treats (click here to visit our recipes page for some inspiration) or you can hard boil them and let the kids do some decorating.
Not only is roast lamb a great option for Sunday Lunch but it is ideal for Easter Sunday Lunch! Lamb is traditionally used at this time of year because they are symbolic of spring and there are plenty of them around. You can find butchers and other suppliers here and get your lamb delivered. Plus, we’ve come up with an amazing roast lamb recipe for your Easter lunch!
Hot Cross Buns
Apparently, of you make Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday, they won’t go mouldy! Well, that’s according to the Tudors anyway. These tasty fruit buns are lovely to enjoy at any time of year, but the cross detail on the top makes them the ideal treat at this time of year. Want to amuse yourself by making your own, see our recipe here.
Bread featured heavily in stories about the Last Supper, so why not have a go at making your own Easter themed bread? You can follow our basic bread recipe here and decorate or shape it however you want, you can add chicks, eggs or make it sweet if you like! Alternatively, there are a number of bakers and shops delivering bread, you can find out more here.
You know Christmas Cake? This is the Easter version. Simnel Cake is essentially a dense fruit cake, but it differs from Christmas Cake or other fruit cakes because of the decoration. The top of a Simnel Cake includes 11 marzipan balls that are said to represent the apostles (minus Judas for obvious reasons). Being a fruit cake, these take a while to make, but you could decorate them together as a family, if you fancy making your own. Check out our recipe here.