Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easter Basket Goodies

The festival of Easter comes with a number of symbols and traditions. Apart from the religious importance of the day there are the Easter Baskets laden with Easter Eggs, Bunnies, Hot Cross Buns, Easter Lillies, Cookies, Chocolates to make it more fun. This Easter my Easter basket had Chocolate Easter Eggs, a cute little Amigurumi Easter Bunny, and yummy Traditional Easter Biscuits.

Chocolate Easter Eggs:

My Chocolate Easter Eggs were store bought and were given by my SIL. Though I found some interesting Chocolate Eggs at Martha Stewarts Easter Crafts.

Easter Bunny:

Amigurumi is the japanese art of crocheting or knitting, stuffing and sewing small animals or toys. So I tried to teach myself crochet and Amigurumi with the free pattern of this cute little Easter Bunny from Lion Brand. You have to register with Lion Brand to see the patterns. It's free :) !!

Traditional Easter Biscuits

This recipe is from my grandmother's recipe collection. They are cookies with little currants and have a nice buttery taste. This recipe also uses lemon zest which adds a very subtle lemony flavor.

1. Plain Flour - 2 cups
2. Pinch of salt
3. Butter - 1/2 cup
4. caster sugar - 1/2 cup
5. Grated Rind of 1/2 lemon
6. Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
7. dried Currants - 1/2 cup
8. Egg - 1

- Sift flour, salt and baking powder.
- Rub in the butter to form a crumbly mixture.
-Add in the sugar, grated lemonrind and currants.
- Beat the egg lightly then work it into the mixture until it forms a stiff dough.
- Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut using cookie cutters.
- Bake them for 10-12 minutes at 350F till they are lightly golden brown.
- Cool them and store in airtight containers or watch them disappear.

To get a nice glaze
After five minutes of baking, take the cookies out of the oven, brush with beaten egg white. Sprinkle with little caster sugar and pop them back into the oven to continue the baking.

Happy Easter !!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Your first crochet project looks great! Two little people have their eyes on it!!