Baking for Easter

Easter is quite possibly my favourite time of the year as it seems to signal the start of the summer and outside dining. I love the opportunity to get together with all the family and chill out in the garden, plus it brings with it the possibility of a barbecue as well as a fabulous roast dinner on Easter Sunday. Never mind the easter egg fun.

This Easter my sisters and I have decided to cook out amazing pulled pork at some point over the four days for the parental units to enjoy. Plus I’m planning on trying out a coffee and walnut cake as I’ve never made one. But before that point we get to make all the yummy sweet stuff that contains easter treats. You know what I mean, all the creme eggs and mini eggs that appear in the shops as soon as Christmas is over. Well it would be rude not to include those in some sort of baking wouldn’t it. So that’s what this post is all about – Baking with Easter sweets!

Hopefully you are all well aware of the awesome mini egg blondies that we made last year. If not then what are you waiting for? Check them out right here, right now. So these have been made again because they are just totally awesome and Fi has an actual real life obsession with mini eggs.

So yes, we made mini egg blondies, but we also decided to try making creme egg brownies. Now different versions of these have been all over the internet and on twitter, so it really was high time we had a go ourselves. They honestly couldn’t be easier – mostly because I used a packet brownie mix – sometimes you just have to cheat!

Here’s what you do –
1. Create your normal brownie batter – I used the Ghiardelli brownie mix because it’s totally awesome.
2. Throw in 10 mini creme eggs to the mix.
3. Pour the whole lot into the brownie tin.
4. Chop another 8 mini creme eggs in half and lay these gooey side up on the top of your batter.
5. Bake as per normal brownie instructions.

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Creme Egg Brownies

See, easy peasy and don’t they look amazing? I promise you guys, these actually taste like heaven. Seriously the gooey levels are epic in this. These beauties ended up at work and they all disappeared in record time. I think that’s a good sign, right?!

Now you give them ago and let me know what you think.

Lau xxx

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Mini Egg Blondies

I know a lot of people freak out when they visit the supermarket on January 1st and are faced with a wall of Easter treats. I am not one of those people. In fact I’m the complete opposite, I embrace the wondrous moment and start stockpiling. You see I’m addicted to Cadbury Mini Eggs, there’s something about the creamy chocolate inside, hard crisp shell and glorious pastel shades of these little bites that has me squealing in excitement and reaching for a bag (or four!). So yes as soon as they appear in the shops I’m all over them – I mean they are only available for three months of the year, so you HAVE to make the most of them.

Now considering I’m obsessed with them it’s odd that I’ve never baked with them, well apart from popping them on Easter Nests! However, I recently found this recipe online of mini egg blondies and my interest was piqued. I’ve never tried blondies – I usually go straight for a brownie recipe if I’m making a tray bake – but thanks to the addition of my favourite Easter goodies I was intrigued enough to give them a whirl. And my goodness am I pleased that I made them – they are so good that I’ve made them three times in the last month alone, oops! The recipe makes about 30 small squares and each square is chock-a-block with mini eggs – my ideal scenario!!

What you’ll need:
2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups mini eggs

And how to make these wondrous bites:

  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together
  • Melt the butter and then cream with the sugars in a separate bowl (we used an electic mixer)
  • Add the vanilla extract and eggs and mix until creamy and fully combined
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture until fully mixed
  • Fold in the Mini Eggs
  • Spread batter into a greased cake tin, roughly 8 x 8 x 2 inches
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 175 degrees until a skewer is inserted in the center and comes out clean
  • Leave to cool before slicing and eating…

I’m sure you’ll agree that they are the best things you’ve ever tasted! It’s just a shame you can’t make them year round, although I imagine they’d be just as good with a different chocolate as a substitute – perhaps I’ll give m&m’s a whirl next!

– Fi xxx