Easter is my favourite holiday straight after Christmas! I actually have no clue how Swiss people celebrate Easter normally, much less do I know about other countries.
but Easter in our family is always special – there are several reasons why:
- it’s the first time in the year when our whole family (and that means grandparents, parents, siblings, aunties, uncles, cousins etc.) comes together
- there is A LOT of super yummie food
- easter prezzies from our grandma
- everyone plays Baseball in the field
- and more food
this year I’m even more excited because my little sister will finally be back from London where she stayed the last couple of months. I CAN’T WAIT!!!
I guess at this point everyone still wonders why the heck we play Baseball on Easter. and honestly – I don’t know either. a couple of years ago my dad and uncle bought themselves a baseball bat and they wanted to try it in spring. so I think Easter was pretty much the first day without snow covering the field, so they tried to punch the ball a few times. it didn’t take long until the whole family ran across the field and played something like baseball (we have our own rules – such as “it’s totally fine to stop someone who almost makes a homerun by pushing him”). ever since we played it the first time, we play it on Easter – I LOVE IT!
let’s talk about food! right… every family member (that is fairly talented in cooking or baking) brings a dish or something to drink – this is mostly because we don’t want our grandma to be bothered with EVERYTHING. therefore we’ve got, as I already mentioned, A LOT of food! the buffet is absolutely smashing and I love the fact that everyone has their special dish or surprises with a new creation.
a couple of days ago Dr. Oetker provided me with some lovely new products for my baking section and I instantly thought about my Easter baking plans:
this year I wanted to make something traditional flavoured, like vanilla or chocolate, but I was a bit worried about the “excitement”. hence why I decided to make the decoration a little different than just a normal loaf cake and I am SUPER HAPPY with the result ❤ btw this is just the experiment cake – I’m definitely gonna make a fresh one on Easter.
the Dr. Oetker vanilla paste is extremly easy to dose and the flavour is just heavenly > an absolute winner! the recipe is quite simple aswell:
- 200g dark chocolate
- 125g butter
- 150g sugar
- 1/2tsp salt
- 4 eggs
- 200g grated almonds
- 4 EL Epifin from Dr. Oetker (corn starch)
Pour the chocolate in a large bowl with water, leave to stand for about 5 minutes. Drain off water carefully, stir chocolate until smooth. Add butter, sugar, salt and eggs and stirr for approx. 5 min – until fluffy. Mix in almonds and corn starch and give it into the prepared baking tray. Bake for about 55 minutes in the preheated oven at 180°C. Take the cake out and let it cool down completely. Cut the cake in “normal” pieces, then take the cookie cutter and cut out the chocolate bunnies.
- 200g butter
- 200g sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla paste from Dr. Oetker
- 250g flour
- 1,5 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp milk
Mix the warm butter with the sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add the eggs (one at a time) and mix well. Sieve in the flour and baking powder, add the milk and mix it until the batter is smooth. Give half of the batter in the prepared baking tray, then add the chocolate bunnies in a row and cover them up with the rest of the vanilla batter. Bake for about 40 minutes in the preheated oven at 180°C.
For the decoration I went for a simple easternest with shredded wheat and sugar eggs. So basically you just want to mix the shredded wheat with chocolate. To make the nests a bit more even and cupped I formed them with an egg cup and this was super easy aswell.
what are your traditions to do on Easter? do you have a favourite recipe? I’d love to hear from you!