Sunday, August 25

Easter Egg Alternatives

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The Easter countdown is well underway with only few days to spare before the hallowed festivities. Easter celebrations not only bring family and friends come together, but chocoholics can revel in a guilt-free indulgence, too. Not forgetting the sugar-crazed children running around due to large amounts of chocolate consumption. Personally, I’m not a fan of chocolate, so I tend to receive little to none of the much idolised Easter treats.

So this year I decided to try something different, catering specifically to chocolate alternatives that are sure to satisfy your Easter sweet tooth, chocolate lover or not.

Easter Egg Krispy Treats (Recipe courtesy of ricekrispies.com)

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These are super easy to make and are loved by children and adults alike. Best of all, you probably already have all the required ingredients in your cupboard!

A simple recipe that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike, and better yet, the ingredients are probably in your pantry cupboard already.

Makes 18

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 packet regular marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • Decorations of your choice (colourful frosting and an assortment of sweets work well)

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  2. Remove the butter and marshmallow mixture. Add the Rice Krispies and stir until well coated.
  3. Using a 1/3-cup measuring cup, coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into portions.
  4. Using buttered hands shape each portion into an egg shape and cool.
  5. Decorate with frosting and/or candies.

 

Easy Easter Butter Biscuits (Recipe courtesy of taste.com.au)

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Hop on the butter biscuit train and before you can say choo-choo you’ll have an enviable Easter treat that can be shared with family, friends and neighbours too.  These biscuits can be shaped into anything Easter with the help of a friendly cookie cutter:  eggs, bunnies, little chickens and you name it. Decorate with icing, and voilà – Easter Cookie queen (or king) is your name.

Makes 24 biscuits

You will need:

  • 500g plain flour
  • 250g  salted butter
  • 140g icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160oC.
  2. In a large bowl, rub together the flour, sugar and butter until it resembles bread crumbs (alternatively, put it in a food processor).
  3. Add the vanilla essence and a little milk until the mixture sticks together.
  4. Combine the two mixtures together to form a dough.
  5. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 5mm. Cut it into your desired shapes and place on a baking tray with some baking parchment or non-stick cooking sheets.
  6. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool and harden on a wire rack before decorating with icing sugar.

 

If you have more than one hour to spare, why not try your hand at Easter themed cake pops? Despite being a bit harder than the above mentioned treats, with the right tools, it’s bound to be a hit!

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Bon appetite!

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