The Easter break is a time to connect with family and friends to celebrate time off from work. This month's newsletter is all about inspiration for the Easter break. Choose from delicious sweet treats from fluffy hot cross buns, creamy cheesecakes, light flourless cakes and easy no-bake slices.
Here are some of my old favourite recipes and a few new Easter recipes for inspiration.
NEW Gluten-free: Chocolate Almond Date Torte: released 9.4.22
Chocolate Almond Date Torte is an amazing gluten-free dessert recipe. A perfect impressive dessert for anyone avoiding wheat. I was first introduced to a version of this date torte when a talented friend baked this for me many years ago, as I was avoiding eating gluten at the time. After the very first bite, I couldn't believe the texture of the dates, chocolate and gooey meringue. It is not too sweet and light. It's kind of a textural meringue dessert but nothing like pavlova (as I really don't like how sweet and creamy pavlova is). I have wanted to recreate a version of her recipe for a while now.
NEW No-Bake Easter Egg Slice: released 31.3.22
My no-bake slices have been very popular. This is definitely not for anyone on an 'anything free' diet. A quick Easter treat to whip up the day before and leave to chill overnight. A perfect kitchen project for any beginner in the kitchen.
NEW Amazing Spelt Hot Cross Buns vegan: released 7.4.22
I have created a new amazing soft and fluffy spelt flour hot cross buns with no dairy, no eggs and no refined sugar. My family have told me these are the best hot cross buns I have ever made.
Spelt Hot Cross Buns
Not only semi-healthy made with spelt flour, moist and fruit-filled. A few hours of effort are so much better than shop-bought buns. Click below for the full recipe.
Hot Cross Buns no butter, no milk
This was the first-ever hot cross bun recipe I made and decided to test without milk and butter. A super handy recipe to have if you need to cater for anyone on a special diet. Click below for the full recipe.
Layered Carrot Cake
A carrot cake with cream cheese icing is definitely a very popular cake to make for any celebration and why not Easter. This three-layered version is impressive yet relatively simple to make. Click below for the full recipe.
No-bake Chocolate Coconut Slice
A simple yet super tasty easy no-bake chocolate coconut slice. If you're in a hurry to whip up something and the oven is full then try this no-bake slice recipe. Click below for the full recipe.
Baked Nutella Cheesecake
Oh my! This is rich and decadent yet so so good. It is worth starving for the following week, merely to indulge in a slice of this baked Nutella cheesecake. Click below for the full recipe.
No-bake Lemon Cheesecake
Another superb recipe to prepare when the oven is busy or it's too hot and you want a cheesecake dessert. Not too complicated a simple tangy lemon cheesecake perfect plain or top with seasonal berries. We had mulberries on a tree in our garden in this photo, so it was topped with my husband's favourite berries. Click below for the full recipe.
Gluten-free Butterfly Cupcakes with Buckwheat Flour
These super cute cupcakes were something my mother baked for every child's birthday, so they remind me of celebrating. My version is gluten-free using buckwheat flour, but feel free to swap the buckwheat flour for plain all-purpose flour or your favourite flour. Click below for the full recipe.
Italian Easter Cake: Pastiera Napoletana
The style of cake does take a few days to prepare but if you have the time and can buy a jar of di Granno Cotto it is well worth the effort. This Italian dessert dates back to the 16th century. Click below for the full recipe.
A few of My Favourite Savoury Recipes
Mac & Cheese
An old favourite and I love this lighter version made with oat milk. Swap to regular milk or your favourite plant-based milk. I recently made this with pea milk, it was so creamy and almost better than oat milk. Apparently, it is higher in protein. Click below for the full recipe.
Sweet Potato Sheet Pan
A quick 10 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to bake. A great base to mix and match, have this as a lunch idea or easy dinner, or as a side with your favourite meat or salads. Click below for the full recipe.
Vegetarian Lasagne: Spinach and Ricotta
It has been a while since I made this, I must make this over the Easter break, as it is always a favourite in our house. Even better the next days for leftovers. Click below for the full recipe.