Easter Baking & Making with a twist!

Easter is the one time of year where you can wake up and eat chocolate for breakfast guilt free! Tis a magical time when calories don’t add up and sugar isn’t bad for you, or at least that’s what I like to tell myself. Of course there’s nothing like tucking into a traditional chocolate egg, but why stop there, let the fun continue with quirky takes on traditional treats. Here’s a few I came up with this year.

creme eggs benedictCrème Eggs Benedict

Looking for a traditional egg based breakfast, then look away now because this is the unashamedly sinful Crème Eggs Benedict. Halved crème eggs lay innocently upon slices of Chocolate Carrot Cake before being laden with molten milk chocolate. I might have created this but I’m not afraid to say it’s amazing!

If you want to give this a try, you’ll need 1 crème egg per two slices of cake and some melted chocolate to top.

Chocolate Carrot Cake:

175g/6oz Self Raising Flour

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

100g/4oz Grated Carrot

100g/4oz Butter

100g/4oz Soft Brown Sugar

2 Large Eggs

25g/1oz Cocoa Powder

Mix grated carrot together with the flour, cinnamon and cocoa, set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in eggs one at a time, spoon in a little flour mixture to stop the eggs curdling. Gradually mix in the flour mixture.

Bake in a loaf tin Gas Mark 3, 325F, 160C for 30mins – 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.

Once cooled place two cut slices onto a plate. Top each with half a crème egg, make sure you use a sharp knife to cut the crème egg in half or it may squash slightly. Then top with melted milk chocolate.

 

IMG_7852The Mega Egg!

This egg may look innocent enough, but it is in fact a mega egg! That means a chocolate egg which contains a Kinder Egg, but wait there’s more, inside the Kinder egg is a Crème egg! Mega Eggs require a steady hand and a sharp knife but the look on your recipient’s face is definitely worth it.

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Begin by cracking open a Kinder egg, insert a crème egg still in it’s wrapper. Next wrap up your Kinder egg once again so the surprise is hidden.IMG_7779 IMG_7780

Crack open a regular chocolate egg and insert your special Kinder egg. Finally place the original egg back together and rewrap for Chocolate based delight and wonder.IMG_7930IMG_7933

The Ultimate Chocolate Easter Nest

When it comes to chocolate, bigger is almost always better, so with this in mind I made the ultimate chocolate Easter nest. Made by melting chocolate which is then mixed together with crushed shredded wheat cereal, it is then arranged inside a cake tin and topped with Mini Eggs. Much better than individual portions served in cake papers.

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For more quirky Easter ideas check out my previous posts, here are a couple of suggestions:

Easter Egg cakes cooked in real egg shells!

Easter Egg Knitting Pattern

Easter crafts for kids – Simple button flower decorations and Chocolate Easter nests

Following on from my previous two posts here are my last two Bostik craft club tutorials. I hope you enjoy making (and eating) them!

IMG_7928Simple Button Flower Decorations

What you’ll need:

Felt

Ribbon

Buttons

Bostik Glue

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Start by drawing flower shapes onto your felt, you’ll need two pieces for each flower. Cut out each piece carefully.

IMG_7759Glue a piece of ribbon to one flower piece, once secure glue another flower piece on top.

IMG_7760Then all you need to do is glue a button to the front to make the centre of your flower, super simple and super fun!

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Chocolate Easter Nests

What you’ll need:

Shredded wheat

Chocolate

Mini Eggs

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Starting by melting your chocolate, this can be done in a double boiler on in the microwave, if using the microwave make sure to melt in short bursts of about 10 seconds and then stir, this will help to stop the chocolate burning.IMG_7709

Crush up some shredded wheat cereal and add to the bowl of melted chocolate, you can actually mix in a surprisingly large amount, so don’t hold back. Once mixed arrange inside cake cases using a spoon and then drop some mini eggs inside to complete the nest. Leave to set.IMG_7767

 

How to make an Easter Bumble Bee and Easter Rabbit Tutorial

IMG_7751In my last post I showed you a collection of our recently completed Easter Crafts as part of the Bostik craft network. Today I’ll show you how to make an Easter Bumble Bee and Easter Rabbit with our simple and fun tutorial.

You will Need

Polystyrene Egg shapes

Googly Eyes

Bostik Glu Dots

Pens

Ribbon

Pipe Cleaners

Buttons

Pom Poms

Sheets of craft foam

Bumble Bee

IMG_7716Start by colouring in one of your egg shapes yellow with black stripes.

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Next take two pieces of pipe cleaner (a colour of your own choice, we used purple) and bend into wing shapes. IMG_7721

Take another four lengths of yellow or orange pipe cleaner and bend to make legs, obviously if you want a technically correct bee he should have six legs, but four fitted in much more neatly.IMG_7722

Push the leg pieces into one side of the coloured polystyrene egg shape. Push the wing shapes into the opposite side.

Finally stick some large googly eyes to the front of your bee, and push a small length of yellow pipe cleaner into the end to make his stinger!IMG_7736

Rabbit

Begin by colouring in a polystyrene egg shape in a colour of your choice.IMG_7723

Next take a length of ribbon and fold as shown in these pictures to make the rabbit’s ears. Attach the ribbon ears to the thin end of your egg shape using a Bostik glu dot.IMG_7725IMG_7728IMG_7729

Next stick on two googly eyes to the front. Then using a Bostik glue dot stick a button on to give the rabbit a nose, you can draw the whiskers on using a felt tip pen.
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To allow your rabbit to stand up unaided he will need some feet! Cut feet shape from your craft foam and attach to the base of your bunny using a Bostik glu dot.

Finally give your rabbit a lovely cotton tail by attaching a pom pom with a Bostik glu dot to his back.

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