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Chocolate Recipes for Easter

Easter + chocolate: it just makes sense. So, in celebration of the annual cocoa frenzy we’ve put together a collection of our hottest chocolate recipes. You’re welcome.

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.

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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.

Momofuku's steamed buns

Nougat, salted peanut caramel and milk chocolate tart

What's not to love about a Snickers bar? All the elements are here, but if you don't feel like making your own nougat, you could always scatter some diced nougat in the base of the tart instead. The caramel is dark, verging on bitter, while a good whack of salt cuts through some of the sweetness - extra roasted salted peanuts on top can only be a good thing.

Rosy cupcakes with Turkish delight


The strawberry juice adds a natural, delicate colour to the icing but you could just use a drop or two of pink food colouring. Remember you're after a soft tint not technicolour, so tread carefully.

You'll need

125 gm softened butter 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar 1 vanilla bean, scraped seeds only 2 eggs 225 gm (1½ cups) plain flour ½ tsp baking powder 125 ml (½ cup) milk To serve: diced Turkish delight (optional)   Rosy icing 240 gm pure icing sugar, sifted 1-2 tsp rosewater, or to taste 1 strawberry

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla seeds in an electric mixer until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl and beating well after each addition. Sift over flour and baking powder, stir to combine, add milk and stir to combine. Half-fill 15 x 80ml-capacity muffin tins lined with paper patty cases (there may be a little mixture left over). Smooth tops and bake until risen and golden (10-15 minutes), remove from tins and cool on a wire rack.
  • 02
  • For rosy icing, combine icing sugar and rosewater in a bowl. Squeeze strawberry over bowl to extract juice (discard solids). Gradually add 20-30ml water, stirring until smooth and drizzling consistency. Spread over cakes, filling to tops of patty cases, and stand until set (4-5 minutes). Top with Turkish delight and store in an airtight container until required. Cakes are best eaten on day of making.

Tips for cupcakes
* Bring all ingredients to room temperature before you start for ease of incorporation. That goes for butter, eggs, milk and other wet ingredients.

* Prepare your moulds by lining with cupcake papers or buttering and flouring before you start.

* Make sure your butter is soft but not melting. Coarsely chop it while it's cold and place in mixing bowl minutes before you start.

* Scrape down sides of your mixing bowl regularly to prevent lumps in the batter.

* Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. If the mixture shows signs of splitting (it'll look grainy), add a tablespoon or two of flour to the mixture and stir to combine before you go any further. A split mixture will result in tough cakes.

* Beat butter and sugar, and eggs, in an electric mixer, but stir in dry ingredients and milk by hand to avoid overworking the mixture.

* Fill moulds to 5mm below tops, unless otherwise specified.

* Bake cakes in centre of oven and turn halfway through cooking time to ensure even baking (except for sponge cakes, where an even oven temperature must be maintained).

* Remove cupcakes baked in paper cases from the moulds and place on a wire rack to cool, to avoid sweating.

* Be patient and let cakes cool before icing or filling.

At A Glance

  • Serves 15 people
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