Easter Chocolate Nest (Photo from 1.bp.blogspot.com)

Of Food and Celebrations: Easter Unmasked (April 2015)

Easter Fever (Photo from www.freelargeimages.com)
Easter Fever (Photo from http://www.freelargeimages.com)

In a country where the Catholic faith is predominant, certain religious rites and traditions are celebrated momentously. One of which is Lent and Easter.

Being of different faith does not make me an ignorant when it comes to festivities like this. On the contrary, it allows me to understand the magnitude of how we perceive, receive and accept the many facets of life.

Talking about festivities would always redound to a delicious dialogue. Yes, we love to eat, to cook and entertain. We appreciate the idea of being together and sharing a mouthful of homemade meals — from morning to lunch to snacks and dinner, we always find a reason to celebrate.

Planning for an Easter menu is not that hard. For one, you have the World Wide Web plus the many available cookbooks that you could always turn to. Not to mention, you can always ask your parents or relatives to help you plan for one. Also, you can always experiment. Play with flavours and make a new favourite.

Here are some Easter inspired munchies that will add colours and flavours to your celebration. Make it even more memorable by sharing them with kids and families on your neighbourhood. And don’t forget the whimsy packaging! Enjoy and Happy Easter to all!

Rock My World Chocolate Chunky Bars

With just 6 easy to find ingredients, you’ll surely have a blast making these. Add your favourite nutty toppings for that hard to resist additional crunch.

  • In a clean dry bowl, break your chocolate in pieces (300g bittersweet chocolate) and melt – either microwave or stove top. Add softened salted butter (100g) and stir to incorporate. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • In a blender or food processor, pulse your cookies or biscuits (100g) – you can also smash using a rolling pin. Once done, add to the warm chocolate. Add mini marshmallows (50g) and crushed salted nuts (50g). Fold.

  • Pour the chocolate mixture in a tray and sprinkle with egg shaped chocolates or any other decoration of your liking. Refrigerate overnight.

    Easter Chocolate Nest (Photo from 1.bp.blogspot.com)
    Easter Chocolate Nest (Photo from 1.bp.blogspot.com)

Easter Cookies

Always a staple, you can make it more personal by adding local ingredients and personal favourites. Colour them good and make them pop.

  • In a bowl, combine 1 ½ c all purpose flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda and ¼ tsp salt. Mix to combine.

  • Using a mixer, in a bowl, add your ¼ c softened unsalted butter and ½ c granulated sugar. Beat well. Add 1 tsp pure vanilla extract and 1 large egg. Mix at low speed.

  • Place dough in a tray in between two sheets of parchment. Chill for an hour.

  • After 25 minutes, preheat your oven to 375®

  • Cut your dough in your desired shapes. Bake for 8 minutes or until the cookie edges turn brown. Cool.

  • Now, decorate! Swirl some melted chocolate, drizzle some preserves or jam or with colourful icing.

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