Easter Treats and Activities
With Easter just around the corner, the team have shared what they are planning to do over Easter with their families. Why not try these out, if you do please share your images with us on our socials!
Louise Easter Treat
Over Easter Louise is always doing fun activities with her daughter Chloe. Easter egg hunts and lots of baking! One of her favourite recipes to make with her daughter is her Easter rice crispy edible baskets. It’s a great activity to do whilst in isolation and a great treat for all the family to enjoy.
Easter Rice Crispy Edible Baskets
225g Plain Chocolate (or chocolate of your choice), broken into pieces
2 tbsp of golden syrup
75g rice Crispies
36 approx Mini eggs
1. Place cupcake cases into a 12 hole tray.
2. Place a saucepan with water on to the hob and once the water is boiling ad a glass or heat proof bowl over the water. Add the chocolate, golden syrup and butter and melt together until smooth.
3. Remove the bowl from the heat (be careful it may be hot) and gently stir in the rice crispies until it is all coated in the chocolate.
4. Divide the mixture into the cases and place the mini eggs on top of the nests. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours and enjoy!
Carol’s Easter Activity
Carol is often looking after her grandchildren and this is something that they have enjoyed together several times. All you need is a milk bottle per person, seeds or a plant bullet (a partially grown plant) and some paints or permanent markers.
Milk Bottle Plant Pots
Cut the milk bottle at the bottom of the handle and put this to the side. Make sure the bottle is clean and dry before you start to decorate. Once you have decorated the bottle wait for them to dry.
Once the bottle is dry put a couple of scoops of soil in to about halfway up the bottle. Place in your seeds or plant of choice and put up the soil to cover the seed or routs. Give the plant a little bit of water and place on a windowsill that is well light with natural light.
These can be great gifts for parents or friends and they look great on your windowsill.
Lina’s Easter activity
Lina has a huge Italian family and Easter is all about coming together, her dad is cooking all the Italian traditional dishes on Good Friday and then her mum does a huge roast dinner on Easter Sunday for all the family to enjoy!
An activity Lina does with the younger members of her family is Egg decorating. All you need is an egg holder, eggs and paint or pens (sharpies are best)
Boil the eggs and leave them to cool. Place them into the egg holders and then get your children to decorate their egg, you can join in too. Once you have completed your eggs, wait for them to dry. Make sure you take a picture and place on the windowsill for the world to see.
You don’t only have to do this at Easter. When Lina was younger she used to paint rocks especially when she visited the Seaside resorts with her family. All you need to a large smooth rock and some paint, wall paint is the best to use, the little tester pots you get from Homebase are perfect. Once you have finished your rocks. spray them with a little bit of spray glue and they will last outside in all weathers. They are also great presents for family members Lina used to give hers to her grandparents.
Amy’s Easter Treat
Amy recently tried making this cheesecake recipe and it was a hit with her family. It’s such an easy recipe even the children can help. Why not give it a try and then surprise the family when you next see them.
Ginger & White Chocolate Cheesecake
300g ginger biscuits
150g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease the tin
400g white chocolate
300ml double cream
1. Crush the biscuits or whizz in a food processor until completely ground. Add butter and mix until you have the desired crumbly consistency.
2. Grease and line the base of a 23cm deep, loose-bottomed cake tin. Add the biscuit mixture to the cake tin and pat it flat. Leave to set in the fridge for approximately 30 mins.
3. Begin melting the chocolate in a heatproof glass bowl over a small pan of hot water on a low heat stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Or microwave for 3 – 5 minutes checking every so often to stir. Leave to cool for 10 mins until barely warm but still liquid.
4. Meanwhile whisk the cream cheese and mascarpone together. Add double cream and keep whisking until the mixture is just holding its own shape. Finally, add the melted chocolate and whisk until just combined.
5. Spoon the mixture over the cooled and set biscuit base, then smooth the top. Return to the fridge to cool for at least 6 hrs until the topping is set.
Happy Easter from us all! We hope you have a lovely Easter!