As I sit here munching the last of my MaltEaster Bunny (and steadily polishing off my Haigh’s Nut Mixture) reflecting on what has again been a wonderful Easter back home, I thought I should share my favourite Easter treats and traditions. After all it is a time of serious chocolate and treat consumption…
Good Friday Baking Tradition
Easter is always a time for family and friends in our household – I make it a priority to come back to Adelaide in time for Good Friday baking with Mama and my Grandparents. Whilst Mama normally makes a strudel and my Grandfather his traditional Potica (if you’re looking for a recipe check out Slovene National Benefit Society or Slovenian Roots Blog), this year, they both opted for something a little different. Mama decided to make a batch of “Hot Cross Muffins” and my Grandfather strayed from his usual Raisin and Sultana Potica and instead made us a version he fondly remembers from his childhood in Slovenia – with Tarragon as well as his traditional Walnut and Honey mixture. As for me? I had just purchased Emma Galloway’s gorgeous cook book My Darling Lemon Thyme (which is simply stunning both in food photography AND beautiful, simple, real food recipes) and settled on giving the Carrot, Apple and Ginger muffins a go.
As we all piled into my Grandparents’ kitchen and got cracking with our prep we started reminiscing, storytelling and having a good old laugh over past memories. It’s always a wonderful day and I treasure every moment. Before we knew it everything was mixed, beaten, rolled or dolloped onto trays ready for baking.
By the time we had cleaned up, the incredible smells wafting from the oven meant it was time for the finishing touches. Mama iced her Hot Cross Muffins with a deliciously tart lemon icing and my Grandfather began to carve up his beloved Potica. All I had to do was plug my adorable muffin liners from the tray and transfer straight to the plate!
Mama’s Hot Cross Muffins were very Hot Cross Bun like with the addition of cranberries providing a bit more zing, whilst I was extremely pleased with the way the Carrot, Apple and Ginger Muffins turned out! Not too sweet with a punch of ginger in each bite the muffin itself was just the right density and perfectly moist.
And both of the Potica were just to die for. The texture was incredible – light, fluffy and bun like as it should be. The walnut and honey mixture wound itself perfectly in a spiral around the bun like dough and was wonderfully sweet and densely nutty but it was the version with a hint of Tarragon that has become my new favourite, winning me over with it’s not too sweet and delightfully complex minty-licoricey-pine like taste that sandwiched itself in the mildly yeast-flavoured bun.
Top Picks for Easter Sunday Chocolate
Easter time to me is just as festive as Christmas – it’s not only a time for family and friends, but also a complete excuse to shamelessly gorge on my favourite chocolates and eggs on Easter Sunday. So here are my top picks and favourites that I request from a certain “Easter Bunny” every year…
- MaltEaster Bunny – a relatively newbie on the scene this takes my favourite chocolates (Maltesers!) and puts it in Easter Bunny form. A giant delicious malt-honeycomb centre covered in creamy milk chocolate, it’s crunchy chocolately bliss in each bite.
- Anything by Haigh’s – whether it’s the iconic Bilby, traditional egg or just a bag of Nut Mixture with intense dark and sublime milk covered macadamias, cashews and almonds you just can’t go wrong. Haigh’s chocolate is the ultimate.
- Cadbury’s Turkish Delight Eggs – a long time favourite these bursts of rose infused jelly covered in delicious Cadbury milk chocolate are exquisite.
- Cadbury’s Caramello Eggs – I can’t remember the last time I spent an Easter without these babies! A fail safe combination of gooey caramel and milk choc. Yum.
What are your Easter time favourites?