EASTER DECADENCE: RECIPES THE FAMILY WILL ENJOY OVER EASTER LUNCH
Easter long weekend is a wonderful time to spend with your family, and there’s no better way to bring everyone together than with a beautiful meal. Whether you’re observing the religious holiday or just enjoying the time off, we’ve compiled our favourite recipes for an Easter feast.
At Miss Glass Home, we love entertaining and putting on a good spread. Easter is no different, and the extra time off over the weekend means there’s plenty of time to get together with family and friends to enjoy and appreciate loved ones over a delicious meal.
We’ve found a range of Easter recipes to pick and choose from to create your perfect Easter lunch. From homemade hot cross buns to seafood and the perfect Easter dessert, we’ve got you covered.
HOT CROSS BUNS
Although they’ve been on the shelves at the supermarket before you had a chance to take down the Christmas Tree, sometimes it’s nice to make your own festive treats from scratch (especially if you’ve got a guest with a food sensitivity).
EASTER BREAKFAST CLASSIC: Donna Hay's Classic Hot Cross Buns. Homemade baked goods are always a winner.
PHOTO: Donna Hay
Classic Hot Cross Bun Recipe
This recipe from Australian Domestic Goddess Donna Hay yields 12 perfect, freshly glazed, glossy hot cross buns that will leave your house smelling like a heavenly bakery. Best made the day before as there’s quite a few steps involved that make you appreciate the team at your local Baker’s Delight.
Vegan Hot Cross Bun Recipe
For the vegans in the family (or the lactose intolerant), these vegan hot cross buns have a delicious hint of chocolate to offset the spice - just be sure to use vegan dark chocolate with a high cacao content or carob.
Gluten-Free Hot Cross Bun Recipe
Smeared with fresh homemade raspberry jam, these are a safe bet for every guest to enjoy the spiced-side of Easter.
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The entire Easter period is a great excuse to eat more seafood, even though traditionally only Good Friday is the day to fast and avoid meat.
POTTED CRAB: Jamie Oliver's Potted Crab with Asparagus is a great starter, and the pastel table decorations give an wonderful Easter-vibe.
PHOTO: Jamie Oliver
Potted Crab with Asparagus
For something a little different than the classic Prawn Cocktail, try individual potted crab with asparagus for starters. Make sure you use fresh, sustainably sourced crab meat from your local seafood market.
One Pan Salmon with Roast Asparagus
Keep things simple in the kitchen with a one pan roasted salmon and veggies. The roasted tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar give a wonderful Italian twist, and the roast potatoes are a nice way to transition into the cooler weather that usually accompanies Easter.
Add simple, warming sides like a savoury tart or grain salad that double as starters. As a bonus, these can be made the night before a lunch and either warmed up in the oven beforehand or taken out of the fridge to take off the chill - easy!
ANCIENT GRAINS: Hearty side salads like this Ancient Grain Salad with Haloumi are easy to make early on.
Ancient Grain Salad with Grilled Haloumi
The bulk of this salad can be made the night before and stored separately, so all you need to do on the day is add the fresh herbs, dressing, and freshly pan fried haloumi.
Pumpkin, Goat’s Curd and Thyme Tart
A classic savoury tart, Pumpkin, Goat’s curd and Thyme work beautifully together with flaky pastry to please any palate. Plus, it goes great with fish.
As wonderful as chocolate easter eggs are, a proper dessert for the grown ups is the perfect way to finish a fresh lunch. From fresh citrus to decadent chocolate, we’ve got you covered with these go-to sweets.
SWEET CITRUS: Lemon meringue pie is a beautifully balanced dessert that will leave you wanting more.
PHOTO: Alan Benson, SBS Food
Classic Lemon Meringue Pie
The wonderful thing about a classic lemon meringue pie is how beautifully the flavours and textures balance. From the crumbly base to the homemade lemon butter and the fluffy yet oh-so-crispy meringue, somehow you can always justify seconds with this refreshing treat.
Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake
It wouldn’t be Easter without something decadently chocolatey - and Martha Stewart doesn’t disappoint with these triple-layered, individual desserts. Because why would you want to share?
Gluten Free Carrot Cake
If the thought of super sweet or chocolate dessert is too much to bear in the wake of Easter Egg wrappers, try this healthy, gluten free carrot cake from Teresa Cutter. Made without sugar and a lighter frosting, it’s lovely with a cup of tea at the end of the day.
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