With the Easter holidays fast approaching, it’s time to plan what activities you will be doing as a family, a crafter or a baker! We’ve got ideas for everyone to keep everyone in the holiday spirit.
Family Activities This Easter
Easter is a special time of year – the bank holidays and time off school means that we can spend more time together as a family. If you’d like to book in some things to do as a family, now is the perfect time. Pick and choose what most appeals to your family.
Visit your local farm
It doesn’t even have to be a commercial enterprise – if you live near a real farm, ask the farmer if you could have a tour of the real thing! Even better when lambing is happening – what a spring time treat for everyone to witness!
Go To A Local Event
There are so many activities and events planned for the Easter holidays. Find something that the whole family loves near you. Perhaps your church is laying on some special things to attend. Or a local stately home? Perhaps there are duck races at your local river or a parade going on?
Just For The Kids
Some activities are just for the kids. Lovely messy stuff that they can get really creative with, like making entries for our now famous Easter Bonnet Competition (click on the link below to find out more about prizes and how to enter!).
Easter Egg Decorating
You can buy plain plastic or foam eggs to decorate these days, rather than doing that messy ‘sticking a pin in a raw egg and blowing’ thing we did as kids! Yuck, far too much margin for error on that! Use acrylics, pastels, Sharpies, whatever you can lay your hands on, then embellish with sequins, feathers, anything you like!
Easter Egg Hunt With A Twist
Instead of a mad dash around the garden, why not lay out clues – make them as easy or as cryptic as your kids can handle. Good old NetMums have some great ideas for clues if you’re not feeling like The Riddler… They suggest things like:
“This clue’s snug and cosy, Go and take a peep, It’s underneath a pillow, Where (insert child’s name) likes to sleep”
For The Crafters
We know that we have a legion of crafters in our fan base – knitters, sewers, card makers, painters… And we have just the items for you. Our Easter craft range starts from just £1 and has some gorgeous new items in this year!
Create An Easter Basket
For family, friends, nieces and nephews or for charity – a hand-crafted Easter basket of goodies will always go down well. Fill with lovely shredded tissue and lots of chocs and cute Easter toys.
Easter Activities For Cooks
The budding Bake Off stars amongst you must love this time of year! The chocolate, the indulgence. It’s all expected and we love it! This year, why not ditch the traditional Simnel cake (although if you’d like to make one, we have a great recipe here) and make something a little bit different…
Try Home Made Hot Cross Buns!
Chocolate & spice hot cross buns
PREP: 40 MINS COOK: 20 MINS – 25 MINS plus rising and proving
For the dough and crosses
- 225ml semi-skimmed milk
- 50g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
- 1 large egg
- 450g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 2 tsp fast-action yeast
- 50g golden caster sugar
For the flavouring and glaze
- 140g raisins
- 100g chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 100g plain flour
- Make the dough first. Heat the milk in a pan until steaming. Remove from the heat, and drop in the butter. After a couple of mins, beat in the egg and half the orange zest. The liquid should be just warm for step 2.
- Mix the strong flour, yeast, 1 tsp salt and the sugar in a large bowl, then tip in the liquid and stir to make a soft dough without dry patches. Flour the work surface and your hands, then knead the dough for 5-10 mins until smooth and elastic. Use a stand mixer or processor if you like. Oil a large bowl, sit the dough inside it, then cover with oiled cling film. Rise in a warm place for about 1 hr or until doubled in size.
- Put the raisins and half the orange juice in a small pan or covered bowl, and either simmer for a few mins or microwave on High for 1 min until hot. Cool completely. Break the chocolate into a food processor with the cinnamon and 2 tbsp sugar, then pulse until very finely chopped. Mix in the rest of the zest. If you don’t have a processor, chop it by hand or grate it, then mix with the other ingredients.
- Turn the risen dough onto a floured surface and press it out to a large rectangle, a little bigger than A4 paper. Scatter it evenly with the chocolate mix and the raisins, which should have absorbed all of the juice (drain them if not). Roll the dough up around the filling, then knead it well for a few mins until the chocolate and fruit are evenly spread. Some raisins and chocolate will try to escape, but keep kneading them back in.
- Grease then line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape into buns by pinching each ball of dough into a purse shape, concentrating on making the underneath of the ball (which will be the top) as smooth as you can. Put the buns, smooth-side up, onto the baking sheet, leaving room for rising. Cover loosely with oiled cling film and prove in a warm place for 30-45 mins or until the dough has risen and doesn’t spring back quickly when prodded gently.
- Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. To make the paste for the crosses, gradually stir 6-7 tbsp water into the plain flour to make a smooth, thick paste, then put in a food bag and snip off the end to about 5mm. Pipe the crosses, then bake for 20-25 mins until the buns are risen and dark golden brown.
- Mix the rest of the orange juice with the remaining sugar and let it dissolve. Brush the syrup over the buns while they are hot, then leave to cool. Eat on the day of baking, or toast the next day.