Although I am not the craftiest mum on the block, I always feel inspired by Easter to get crafty and creative in the kitchen and we have been busy making and baking for Easter as part of the Waitrose #GoodEgg campaign. They are encouraging people to be ‘Good Eggs’. During the Easter holidays, they are asking people to share their Easter photos on social media; from all the delicious food they’re enjoying to fun Easter egg hunts with the children, using the hashtag #GoodEgg to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Throughout the initiative, they will be surprising and delighting lucky participants with Easter gifts, including Heston’s Golden Easter Eggs, hampers, cases of wine, Waitrose vouchers and Waitrose Cookery School vouchers. Waitrose will also be making a charitable donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, as well as delivering chocolate eggs for the children to enjoy at their Easter party.
This seemed like an opportunity not to be missed so we sat down and planned some Easter fun.
Top of the list is always my Mini Egg Cookies which are very sweet but a delicious way to bake Easter cookies which everyone will enjoy. The recipe is here and they are quick and easy to make although one word of warning; if you have small helpers in the kitchen, make sure they don’t eat all of the Mini Eggs before they even make it into the cookie mixture.
Another easy recipe that we all love are Krispie cakes and we often make them at this time of year as they are quick to make, tasty and you can easily pop some chocolate mini eggs on the top to make them Easterlicious.
Our favourite recipe for these is to use 150g of white chocolate which we melt in a bowl over some boiling water. Add 250-300g Rice Krispies and a handful of marshmallows. Mix and spoon into cupcake cases and add a few mini eggs to the top before putting in the fridge to cool. The marshmallows make the mixture sweet and chewy and these little cakes are always a big hit in our house.
If you prefer cake, then why not try these Easy Easter Cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream icing. These were perfect to use with the Easter cupcake cases and decorations from Waitrose.
- For the cakes;
- 200g self raising flour
- 200g caster sugar
- 200g butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 - 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- For the icing:
- 110g softened butter
- 250g icing sugar
- 150g white chocolate
- Turn the oven on to 180c.
- Beat the sugar and butter together until smooth and creamy.
- Beat the eggs into a separate bowl.
- Add the vanilla essence and a little egg into the butter and sugar mixture and mix in with a little flour. Keep adding a small amount of egg and flour and mix well until combined.
- Once all of the ingredients have been mixed, pour a little mixture into the cases so that they are just over half full.
- Bake in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes
- Leave to cool while you make the icing.
- Place the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water until it is completely melted.
- Sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl and add the softened butter. Beat until the mixture is creamy. Add the melted white chocolate and combine well. If the icing is runny add a little more icing sugar and if it is too stiff, add a tablespoon of milk.
- Pipe the icing onto the cakes and decorate
Once you have prepared some sweet treats, why not get crafty with some Easter bunting to brighten up the kitchen. We used some pastel card and some bakers twine (paper and string would work just as well). I found a template on the internet for a chick and drew the rabbits and eggs by hand. I cut out two shapes from each colour and then using a hole punch I made a two holes in each shape, near the top.
I threaded the twine through the top of each shape and hung our Easter bunting up. It was really easy to make but looks really effective. You could make up different shapes or get the children to decorate them too.
Finally, I wanted to make some interesting Easter cards and after the success of our Hama bead cards at Christmas, I thought it would be good to do the same with Easter designs. I searched Pinterest for some ideas and my daughter and I set out to make some Easter egg shapes with the beads.
Once they had been ironed and cooled, we stuck our eggs onto card with a little PVA glue and left them to dry.
These are a few ideas for starters, but if you want more inspiration, you can check out the Waitrose Easter section with recipe ideas and fun activities for the children. Don’t forget to share your creations and activities on social media with the hashtag #GoodEgg and who knows, you might be rewarded with something nice from Waitrose and you can also visit Waitrose for some amazing Easter treats.
This post was written in association with Waitrose.