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Five fun and easy recipes for the Easter break

calendar23 April 2019

Joseph Allison's avatar Joseph Allison

Five fun and easy recipes for the Easter break

With the kids off school for Easter, it can be a challenge to keep thinking up fresh ideas for meals, as well as ways to keep them entertained during the day. I asked people from CAP to tell me their favourite Easter treats. Here are five recipes that are fun, easy and shouldn’t cost you a fortune.

Fried egg in the bread basket

Breakfast – sorted!

What you’ll need:

  • One slice of bread
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • One egg
  • Salt and pepper (to season)
  • Frying pan
  • Medium sized biscuit cutter

Method:

  1. Use the biscuit cutter to cut a shape in the centre of the bread slice.
  2. Crack the egg into a mug or bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the oil in the frying pan. Fry the bread (both the cut out shape and the edge) on both sides for two to three minutes, or until slightly toasted.
  4. In one swift movement, pour the egg into the hole in the bread.
  5. Fry for one to two minutes until the fried egg begins to seal the hole in the bread. Then, flip the toast and egg over and fry on the other side for a minute or so (depending on how you like your eggs).
  6. Serve with the cut out shape on the side to mop up any yokey bits.

Easter Colcannon

Try this traditional Irish recipe for a filling dinner.

What you’ll need:

  • Six large peeled potatoes
  • One large leek
  • Splash of milk
  • Knob of butter
  • Four eggs
  • Grated cheese
  • Salt and pepper (to season)
  • Shallow baking dish

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to a medium/hot temperature (190℃/Gas Mark 5)
  2. Boil the potatoes in a large pan until soft.
  3. Meanwhile, wash the leek, slice finely and place in the baking dish.
  4. Drain the potatoes and mash with the milk and butter. Add a little more milk if it's looking too dry. Season with pepper and a pinch of salt.
  5. Spread the mash across the leeks.
  6. Using the back of a spoon, make four dips in the mash. Break an egg into each dip.
  7. Top with a sprinkle of grated cheese and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Ideally, the veg will be cooked through and the egg will still be a bit soft.

Easter sundae (get it?)

A really easy way to liven up dessert.

What you’ll need:

  • Ice cream (vanilla or chocolate works well)
  • One chocolate Easter egg (go for a cheaper option – it will work just as well)
  • Toppings (e.g. fruit, sauce, sweets, squirty cream)

Method:

  1. Split the Easter egg in half to form two ‘bowls’.
  2. Scoop the ice cream into each half of the egg.
  3. Add the toppings and enjoy!

Chocolate mini egg nests

A classic! The kids will love making and eating these.

What you’ll need:

  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 85g shredded wheat, crushed
  • Chocolate mini eggs (optional)
  • Bun cases
  • Glass or ceramic bowl

Method:

  1. Boil water in a pan until just simmering. Place a small glass or ceramic bowl on top of the water. The bowl should be slightly larger than the rim of the pan so that it doesn’t fall in, but still allows the water to warm it.
  2. Melt the milk chocolate in the warmed bowl. Carefully remove from the pan and mix in the crushed up shredded wheat.
  3. Spoon into bun cases. Press the back of a spoon in the centre to spread out the mixture and create a nest for the eggs.
  4. Share out the mini eggs (if you’re using them) on top of the nests.
  5. Chill the nests in the fridge for two hours until properly set.

Hot cross bun and butter pudding

Enough said.

What you’ll need:

  • Six hot cross buns
  • 25g butter
  • Two large eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • Baking dish

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170℃/Gas Mark 3.
  2. Cut the hot cross buns in half, butter and sandwich back together. Arrange in the baking dish.
  3. Whisk the egg, milk and sugar separately and pour over the hot cross buns.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until just set.
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