With all this time at home at the moment, I, along with many other people, have tried to best make use of it by spending more time in kitchen and catch up on all those recipes we’ve wanted to try but find ourselves lacking the time in amongst school and work.
With Easter fast approaching (I can’t believe it’s this coming Sunday either), I thought I’d compile a list of some recipes that perfectly suit this time of year and hopefully, you’ll have the correct ingredients in your cupboard to be able to at least try a few! (*fingers crossed*)
Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns are an absolute Easter classic and the smell of a fresh batch of these is sure to put you in a festive mood. Personally, they also bring back a certain degree of childhood nostalgia for when we got given them as a treat in primary school and the sticky and buttery fingers they’d leave me with, so they bring back a number of happy memories for me.
Whilst I have to admit I’ve never baked them myself, Steph from the most recent season of the Great British Bake Off just posted a photo of the most gorgeous looking batch on her Instagram so if you’re planning on baking some I’d recommend trying hers!
Steph’s recipe can be found on the Great British Bake Off website.
2. Chocolate Cornflake Nests
Another recipe that gives me a nostalgia hit is crispy chocolate cornflake nests – a school lunch staple for anyone who grew up in the UK.
For these, break up a bar of chocolate into a bowl and set it over a simmering saucepan of boiling water to melt down the chocolate, stirring it with a wooden spoon to ensure an even spread of heat and to avoid the chocolate burning.
When the chocolate is fully melted, add your cornflakes (or alternative type of crispy cereal, rice krispies work well too) and mix it all in until all the cereal is covered (do this gently to avoid breaking up the cereal pieces).
Spoon out the mixture into cupcake cases and leave to cool in the fridge until all the chocolate has set.
I don’t know about you but cookies are always a fail-safe option with baking – a they’re simple and easy to bake and also a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
My favourite recipe to use is one for chocolate chip cookies and has never let me down. If you’re not in the mood for chocolate however, lemon cookies are another bake that’s sure to impress – I personally love to add sprinkles to dough just before I put them in the oven to add a pop of colour to them.
Brownies are another winning recipe and are probably my favourite thing to bake. I’ve used the same recipe from BBC Good Food for years and could not recommend it more if I tried – it’s just so good!
Whilst pancakes might not technically count as baking, I thought to include them in this list anyway because now we’re at home all day and not necessarily needing to make the daily commute, there’s more time in the morning to have a good breakfast (or brunch if you’re like me).
Last weekend I tried out making scotch pancakes (also known as pikelets) for the first time and I’ll certainly be doing so again. However, if you’re more partial to the traditional English kind, or perhaps even American, then be sure to give those ago – anything that brings the whole family together.
6. Chocolate Cake
Can you tell that Easter makes me think of chocolate yet?
There you have it – those are the recipes for what I’ve baked for this Easter/Springtime or what I’m planning to if I haven’t already.
Let me know in the comments below if any of these bakes takes you’re fancy and what you’ve been up to in the kitchen as of late!