There's a lot of choice when it comes to Easter baking. You could go for a traditional bake studded with dried fruit and spice, crowd-pleasing Easter nests that will disappear as soon as they're put down, or for something so ridiculously delicious you'll find yourself making the recipe in April, June and July too! We've got all bases covered here and have whittled down the endless options into 5 of the best Easter bakes around.
The classic. You can't have Easter without Hot Cross Buns. But this year, pass over those flat buns offered up by supermarkets and make your own. In this recipe from Brilliant Bread, James Morton swaps out the traditional cross for ones made of icing, making these buns particularly irresistible.
Creme. Egg. Cupcakes. This recipe from Primrose Bakery Everyday is the ultimate Easter bake for any sugar fiend. The cupcake base is a dense and rich brownie mix, whilst the marshmallow icing is sweet and sticky and altogether addictive. And trust us, nobody is going to be able to say no to one of these. But bake them quick, before Creme Eggs disappear!
That's right, you can make your own Easter eggs entirely filled with fondant. This decadent recipe guides you through exactly how to make these delightful eggs, from chocolate moulding to assembly. We're not sure if Easter will ever be the same again.
Little and big chefs alike can't resist this recipe from Biscuit. There's something about the simple combination of chocolate, cereal and a couple of surprise ingredients from Miranda that is just too tempting. Also it's worth noting that we completely recommend buying too many chocolate eggs to taste-test along the way.
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Heady with spice and rich with dried fruit, this Simnel Cake recipe from Mary Berry's Baking Bible is a must for traditionalist bakers at Eastertime. Topped with sweet and nutty almond-paste, it is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea over the long, Easter weekend.