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Comfort food and fun Easter eats feature in our collection of autumn recipes, featuring everything from an Italian Easter tart to carrot doughnuts with cream cheese glaze and brown sugar crumb and braised lamb with Jerusalem artichokes, carrots and cumin to breakfast curry with roti and poached egg.

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Easter Baking Recipes

Dust off your mixing spoon, man your oven and have your eggs at the ready as we present some of our all-time favourite Easter baking recipes, from praline bread pudding to those all-important hot cross buns.

Italian Easter tart

"This is a traditional tart eaten in Naples at Easter," says Ingram. "The legend goes that a mermaid called Parthenope in the Gulf of Napoli would sing to celebrate the arrival of spring each year. One year, to say thank you, the Neapolitans offered her gifts of ricotta, flour, eggs, wheat, perfumed orange flowers and spices. She took them to her kingdom under the sea, where the gods made them into a cake. I love to add nibs of chocolate to Parthenope cake because I think it marries nicely with the candied orange and sultanas, but, really, do you need an excuse to add chocolate to anything?" Start this recipe a day ahead to prepare the pastry and soak the sultanas.

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Apple and cinnamon hot cross buns

The mix of candied apple and dried apple combined with a sticky cinnamon glaze provides a new twist on an old favourite. These buns are equally good served warm on the day of baking, or several days later, toasted, with lashings of butter.

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Chocolate and almond millefeuille

This layered dessert is deceptively light, despite the creamy chocolate filling. It would also be beautiful with raspberries scattered over the chocolate creme for a burst of freshness.

Dan Lepard talks unrefined sugar

Dan Lepard's secret weapon in the kitchen? Unrefined sugar. The London-based Australian baking guru says it's his go-to in all sorts of dishes whenever he wants to add character, complexity and flavour. "When I was growing up it was simply brown sugar, but today… we've got all these great flavours and they're things that will really give a boost to your baking, cooking, whatever you want to do - even drinking."

Unlike a lot of brown sugars on the market that are simply refined sugars with added colour, unrefined sugars are the product of pure evaporation, resulting in an intense, full-flavoured sweetness. And there's more than just one kind. You've got the more common golden caster sugar ("simply the raw sugarcane that's been crushed… and then slightly evaporated"), molasses ("the godfather of all sugars"), which is great for supercharging the flavour of cakes, and the lighter Demerara, which is good for everything from sprinkling over baked goods to adding sweetness to cocktails, and then there's the flavour-packed muscovado - the stuff you want in your cakes and brownies.
 
"There's almost a treacly aspect to it," Lepard says. "It's the business."

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