Easter is just around the corner and we are sure you have already started planning the menu. But, an important question to think about is: does it include recipes that will stir your kids’ imagination? If you still haven’t found a way to include your kids in the Easter food preparations, have a look at this post and you will be able to pull the Easter Bunny out of the hat just in time for Sunday!
Easter Bunny Treats
When not busy helping your kids in the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny is nibbling carrots. So, why not prepare some delicious carrot-resembling treats to surprise him with? Your kids will enjoy helping around the kitchen and the fun for the whole family is guaranteed!
To prepare these cute strawberry carrots you will need a pint of strawberries and a bag of orange candy melts. If you are planning on making lighter stripes to decorate them with, though, you will need an extra bag of lighter orange color melts.
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There is definitely no Easter treat easier to prepare than these. Wash the strawberries, place them on a paper towel to dry. In the meantime, place the melts in a pan on low heat and stir constantly for around 5 minutes with a rubber spatula. If you are not so keen on stirring, then the alternative would be placing the melts in a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate in 1-minute intervals, stirring (sorry you still have to stir from time to time) after each interval. Repeat this until the wafers are completely melted and make a smooth coating.
Once the strawberries have completely dried, and the chocolate is melted, you can let the fun begin! Get your kids around the table and start dipping the strawberries into the candy coating all the way to the top, then carefully place them on a parchment paper to dry. Once they have dried proceed to melt the lighter color chocolate melts. Get a squeeze bottle and pour the melted chocolate in. Drizzle the “carrots” with it.
Extra: Because we all know presentation counts, you can always go all the way and plate the “carrots” in a bowl filled with dirt. To prepare the dirt, get around 15 Oreo cookies and make sure you scrape the cream center out. Place them in a zipper bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Your kids will enjoy doing this, so let them!
The bunny ears are becoming more and more popular these days. And no wonder! Creating them is as easy as ABC! Prepare the colorful and fun polka dot cupcakes and proceed to decorate them with cute bunny ears.
The easiest way to create the ears is slice a strawberry in two halves and place them on top of the cupcake’s frosting. If you are up for it, there is a slightly more complicated way to do this, but the results will be even more interesting! For this purpose, you will need jumbo marshmallows. Using your kitchen shears cut them in half on the diagonal, making sure the sticky center is visible. In separate bowls pour different colored sanding sugar and press each “ear” down into the bowl of sanding sugar with the sticky side. Be warned, though, there is a high chance your kids refuse to eat their own adorable creation! 🙂
Chic Chick Treats
Now that we’ve seen all the recipes inspired by the Easter bunny, it is time to give another cute animal a fair mention. The little chicks should definitely make their way on your Easter table, and here are some suggestions on how to do it in style!
Prepare these delicious Orange cupcakes, but leave the orange buttercream and orange zest out. Instead, prepare a yellow-ish creamy frosting and make the cutest chick cupcakes.
You will need:
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 egg whites
1 ½ teaspoons of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1/3 cup of water
½ teaspoon of extract (almond, lemon or vanilla)
Food coloring (Yellow Gel Paste)
This is a really simple frosting, made in only 10 minutes. What you have to do is just stir the sugar, water, and cream of tartar together in a saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. In a mixing bowl, whip the egg whites and the extract until soft peaks are formed. Proceed to add the sugar mixture while constantly whipping. Whip for around 7 minutes, until stiff peaks form.
Using cream of tartar is of vital importance for this meringue-like frosting to hold its shape well. You can read all there is to know about cream of tartar here.
Now, off to the interesting part: assembling the cupcakes and turning them into cute little chicks! Pour the frosting into a piping bag. Let your kids handle the first layer of frosting since you will need to put another one on top for the chick’s head so any messy result can be covered J. For the chick’s head, pipe a dollop of the frosting on top of the first layer. You can use chocolate chips for the chick’s eyes, and use any leftover of the chocolate melts used for your carrot strawberries to create the beak and the feet. It is for the best if you first prepare these and let them harden on a baking sheet, and then start decorating the cupcakes with a pair of tweezers. (a friendly advice: always keep a pair of tweezers around the kitchen and use them solely for culinary purposes)
You can also prepare the incredibly tasty lemon buttermilk cookies, and use a modified form of the strawberry meringue cookies recipe to make cute little puffy chicks. Before you start asking yourselves how in the world could strawberry cookies be used for a yellow figure, you should pay attention to the word “modified”. You will only have to add yellow food coloring instead of the red one and use lemon extract instead of the strawberry flavoring. A very important step and one that shouldn’t be omitted is that the piping tip should be round for the preparation of the chicks!
The best part about preparing these fun looking cookies is not the fact that they are easy to prepare, but that decorating them is a breeze! They don’t have to be perfect, it is where the beauty lies!
Note: Very useful tools that will surely come in handy whenever you are decorating, but especially for holidays like Christmas and Easter are the icing pen and the icing tube. You can buy them in literally any color you like, and the best part is their expiration date is two years after being made (regardless of when you’ve opened them).
Bunny and Chick Oreo pops
Change these Valentine’s Day Oreo Pops to fit the Easter Story. You can make them in both bunny and chick shapes, by using white and yellow candy melt. To make the pops you should buy the pop sticks and dip each stick in the candy melt and wedge it inside the Oreo so that the pop sticks together. Get a bit of the chocolate melt and use it as a glue for the M&M eyes and nose. You can be creative and use whatever you please to decorate these. Say, the beak can be orange zest, the eyes can be chocolate chips, there are no constraints really! 🙂
Egg-cellent Easter Treats
It won’t be Easter if your table isn’t filled with colorful eggs, and of course, egg-shaped treats! Make it a true Easter feast with one of the following suggestions.
Colorful Deviled Eggs
To prepare the perfect deviled eggs you will first need to know how to prepare the perfect hard boiled eggs and to make them coolest deviled eggs anyone has seen, the egg whites should be colorful! You can either use food coloring or egg dye. Add a teaspoonful of cider vinegar in several bowls (wide enough to put at least three egg white halves). Only 3 drops of food coloring in each bowl would do. As soon as the eggs get a pretty pastel color, get them out of the bowl and drain them on a paper towel.
Now it is time for the delicious filling, and we have a little something that everyone will love! Get the egg yolks and prepare the filling. In a bowl place the egg yolks and mash them, add mayonnaise, pickle juice, sour cream, green onions, pimiento, salt and black pepper to and the secret ingredient that will leave everyone in awe- almonds! (slivered and toasted) Spoon or pipe equal portions of the mixture into the egg white halves. And garnish with red pepper powder.
Egg-shaped Savory Pancakes
These tasty savory pancakes would make a delicious Easter brunch. The instructions are pretty straight forward, so we won’t go into any particularities of the recipe itself. You will, however, need to pay attention to the frying part. You will have to use an egg-shaped cookie cutter to get the desired egg shape. Coat a large non-stick frying pan with vegetable oil and heat until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the cookie cutter well with cooking spray and using tongs place it in the pan. Pour a ¼ inch thick layer of the batter and fry until the pancake is browned on one side, lift the cookie cutter off (again using the tongs), flip as you usually would and cook until the other side gets golden brown as well. To get the most uniform results, make sure you clean the cookie cutter in between each pancake and re-spray with more cooking spray. A little dull task, but definitely worth the final outcome!
Now that you have your savory egg-shaped pancakes ready, it is time to DECORATE! Since the coloring part isn’t as straight forward as with the sweet pancakes (where you simply add a drop or two of food coloring into the batter), here’s what you can do: Buy powder, gel, or paste food coloring and color some sour cream. Get as many different squeeze bottles as the number of colors you would want to use and you are good to go! (you can even prepare these beforehand and refrigerate). Handle the squeeze bottles to your children and let the games begin J. You can make dots, stripes, zig-zag forms, whatever you please!
Note: Don’t be tempted to use liquid food coloring because it will result in a thin and runny sour cream.
Egg-shaped Sweet Pancakes
You can either use the recipe above (which never fails to deliver scrumptious results) or, simply use your favorite pancake recipe instead. The key here is to distribute the batter into several bowls and add a few drops of food coloring (preferably gel coloring) in each one and whisk the batter until well blended.
As for the frying part, you can either go for the egg-shaped cookie cutter or omit it altogether. See, you can pour the colored batter into different squeeze bottles, and then use them to draw the pancakes directly on the griddle. The latter might be a better choice since you won’t be confined in terms of size and you can easily prepare small or large eggs, make them more colorful and of course, decorate their inside as you please! Feel free to use toppings such as strawberry slices, blueberries, grapes, chocolate chips, liquorice etc.
That’s all folks! (as Bugs Bunny would say) We hope we’ve inspired you to prepare something EGGSTRORDINARY!