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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.

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.

French-toasted chocolate and banana sandwiches


You'll need

4 2cm-thick slices of white bread 200 gm milk chocolate buttons 2 bananas, thinly sliced 2 tbsp clarified butter (see note) or ghee 100 ml maple syrup, to serve To serve: pouring cream   French toast batter 4 eggs 250 ml (1 cup) milk 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar 80 ml (1/3 cup) pouring cream 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 pinch nutmeg

Method

  • 01
  • For French toast batter, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine, set aside.
  • 02
  • Using a sharp thin-bladed knife, make a deep incision in each slice of bread along one side of the crusts, leaving 15mm around the other edges, to form a pocket. Fill pocket with chocolate and banana until almost bursting. Soak sandwiches in batter for 2 minutes on each side.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Heat half the clarified butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and cook half the sandwiches for 2 minutes on each side or until golden, then place on an oven tray. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Transfer to oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until puffed and golden. To serve, cut sandwiches in half diagonally, arrange on plates, drizzle with maple syrup and serve with cream passed separately.
Note For clarified butter, melt cold cubed butter, pour into a jug, stand, skim surface then pour off clear butter and reserve, discarding milk fat.

"At a time when bananas are just as expensive as mangoes, they seem a bit of a luxury. Pearl's brunch dish of chocolate and banana sandwiches does justice to this luxe ingredient. Would you ask Geoff Lindsay for the recipe so I can replicate it at home?"
Pauley Savage, Blaxland, NSW

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  • Serves 4 people
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