Easter is just around the corner, and seeing as it might well be the last (please please) lockdown celebration, I’m going all out and planning to try and make it an occasion to remember.
So over the next couple of weeks you’ll see a few Easter themed blog posts popping up – I’ve got lots of fun things to share including styling an Easter table and creating an Easter sweet charcuterie board.
Anyway I’m starting with the most important part of any Easter celebration – the food, and by food of course I really just mean chocolate related items.
It wouldn’t be Easter without Mini Eggs right? And because there are SO many fun things you can make with mini eggs, I thought I’d share three of my favourite mini egg recipes which you honestly will NOT be disappointed with this Easter. Now that I’ve discovered a dairy allergy, I’m having to skip these treats this time around which I’m gutted about (but my husband is secretly thrilled that he no longer has to share) so please make them all and enjoy them on my behalf while I munch on my far less superior milk free chocolate egg!
I wish I could say these are my own recipes, but sometimes you’ve just got to admit when a certain gap has already been filled. I could have attempted my own version of a Mini egg cookie but really why would I, when Jane’s Patisserie already more than has that niche covered and you really aint gonna get any better?
So these are my three go-to mini egg recipes which never disappoint.
Mini Egg NYC cookies (by Jane’s Patisserie)
There’s a reason why absolutely everyone raves about Jane’s cookies – they really are THAT epic. A true New York style big chunky cookie, these are loaded with chocolate, mini eggs and brown sugar making them sticky and soft in the middle while crunchy on the outside.
What you’ll need
125g unsalted butter/ marg
100g light brown soft sugar
75g white granulated sugar
1 large egg
300g plain flour
1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional – I left this out of mine)
100g chocolate chips
200g chopped mini eggs
50g whole mini eggs
How it’s done
1. Cream the butter and brown and white sugars together
2. Add in the egg and beat again
3. Add in the plain flour, baking powder and bicarb (and salt if using) and beat until a cookie dough forms
4. Add in the chocolate chips and chopped mini eggs and mix until all distributed evenly
5. split the cookie dough into 8 dough balls (they should be around 115g each if you are weighing them)
6. Once rolled into balls, push the whole mini eggs into the dough balls and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes
7. Preheat your oven to 200C for a regular oven or 180C for a fan oven
8. Take the cookie dough out of the freezer and place on a lined baking tray, leaving enough soace for the cookies to spread
9. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes – they will spread out a little but as these are NYC cookies they are supposed to be big and chunky – take them out when they’ve browned on the top but are still soft (they will continue to bake once out of the oven)
10. Take out of the oven, and give the tray a sharp tap on your worktop a couple of times and then leave to cool for around 30 mins
Mini Egg brownies – can be made Gluten Free (by Becky Excell)
I didn’t actually end up making these GF this time round, as they were going to a friend but regardless this is still my favourite recipe for mini egg brownies whether you use regular flour or GF flour, and they are so quick and easy to put together.
What you’ll Need
90g plain flour (GF if needed)
50g cocoa powder
200g milk chocolate or Cadbury mini egg bars
3 large eggs
280g caster sugar
180g crushed mini eggs
80g whole mini eggs (for decorating)
How it’s done
1. Preheat the oven 180C and line a square baking tin with baking paper
2. Melt your butter and chocolate together and mix before leaving to cool to around room temp
3. Sieve your cocoa and flour together, mix briefly and set aside
4. In another bowl, crack 3 eggs and pour in your caster sugar and then beat together in an electric mixer until pale in colour and frothy
5. Once the butter/chocolate mixture has cooled slightly, add to the egg mixture and fold in
6. Next add in your flour mixture and fold in fully
7. Fold in your crushed mini eggs
8. Pour the brownie mix into your prepared tin and smooth out so it’s even
9. Bake for around 25 minutes
10. Remove from the oven and push in some whole mini eggs while the brownies are still warm and gooey
11. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares
Easter Nest Cake (with a chocolate sponge from Gluten Free Palate)
I always like to have a celebration cake for the Easter table and you can’t beat a moist chocolate sponge with a nest full of eggs for decoration. Both the sponge and icing I made are gluten and dairy free so there is always the option to remove the flakes and eggs for anyone with an allergy too.
What you’ll need (for the sponge)
320g granulated sugar
285g self raising flour (GF if needed)
65g cocoa powder
1 and a half teaspoons baking powder
1 and a half teaspoons bicarb of soda
2 large eggs
1 cup of milk (dairy free if needed)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
3/4 cup of boiling water (to activate the cocoa)
(For the icing)
55g margarine (dairy free if needed)
3 tablespoons of milk (dairy free if needed)
200g icing sugar
30g cocoa powder
1 pack of mini eggs
How it’s done
1. Preheat your oven to 180C and grease two 8 inch tins
2. Mix together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb
3. Add eggs, milk and oil and beat in an electric mixer for round 2 minutes
4. Stir in the boiling water
5. Pour the batter evenly into the two baking tins and bake for 35-40 minutes
6. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tins and leaving to cool fully
7. For the icing, place the margarine, icing sugar, milk and cocoa into a bowl and mix until smooth and there are no lumps of butter
8. Once the cakes are cool, sandwich both cakes between a layer of icing, then cover the whole cake in the rest.
9. Break up the flakes and decorate the top, creating a circular nest. Fill the nest with mini eggs
10. Slice and enjoy!
Enjoy! And do let me know if you try any of them or have your own favourite Easter recipes to share!
Check back soon for tips on how to style your Easter table…