Saturday, 23 March 2013

An Easter Parade of Baking

There’s nothing like Easter to put a smile on our faces. Here’s an Easter parade of Grandma’s favourite cakes and biscuits. You’ll find these Easter recipes are ever so easy.

Grandma’s Chocolate Orange Biscuits look tempting with a dusting of icing sugar and a chocolate egg.
EASTER CHOCOLATE ORANGE BISCUITS
5 oz/150g margarine or butter
3 oz/75g caster sugar
8 oz/225g plain flour
2 tsps baking powder
3 oz/75g  plain chocolate (chopped into small pieces)
Grated rind of an orange
1 tbsp orange juice

Pre heat the oven to 180C(fan 160C), Mark 4,350F. Beat the margarine or butter until it’s light and fluffy. Then sift the flour and baking powder straight onto the creamed mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients and work the mixture together until you get a fairly stiff paste. Roll out into a floured working surface, about ¼ inch/0.5cm thick. Using a 2 inch/5cm plain cutter, cut out the biscuits and place them on the baking sheets. Sprinkle them with a little extra caster sugar and bake for about 20 minutes or until the biscuits are a nice golden colour. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack.
Easter decoration   
Decorate with a dusting of icing sugar. Paste a tiny amount of apricot jam in the centre of the biscuit and decorate with a chocolate egg.

Here’s a chance to bake a traditional Simnel Cake . It’s the Recipe of the Month at Tim and Jane’s Tasty Flavours in Doncaster's Award winning Indoor Market Food Hall  and attracting a lot of attention. 
The mixture is an easy ‘all in one’ recipe
Irresistible Chocolate Brownies but don’t eat the chicks! 
 Dutch Easter Stick recipe from Cobi's Grandma
Butterfly buns
Don’t forget to check out Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking book for more easy recipes to make including these Butterfly buns, the ‘Grandma’ of Cupcakes! If you make them with children they can do their own  ‘Easter Egg hunt’ decoration. The secret’s hidden in the butter cream filling!

Indulge in a bit of Easter baking and you’ll put a smile on the faces of your friends and families. Tell me about your baking for Easter ....

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