Easter – all about the eggs?

I have a craft book which confidently asserts, “Easter is all about the eggs.” It’s not. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Easter as big as it is this year in the supermarkets. There’s Easter bonnets to decorate, Easter cards (honestly, who sends these?), Easter trees, Easter bunny headbands, Easter bunny bubble wands and more! The goodfood magazine is full of “Easter weekend traditions.” The message seems to be that Easter was a good old pagan tradition before those pesky Christians tried to appropriate it for themselves.That all said, it’s a long bank holiday weekend, and who really needs an excuse to enjoy good food! I made Easter Chocolate Crispie Things from the bbcgoodfood magazine.

Ingredients:
300g dark chocolate, broken into chunks
100g butter/marg diced
140g golden syrup
1tsp vanilla extract
200g biscuits, roughly chopped (digestives are good)
100g sultanas
85g rice krispies
100g ish mini eggs
50g white chocolate

Line a 20x30cm tin (or roasting tin) with baking parchment. Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water until smooth and glossy. (you can melt choc in a microwave, but the benefit of this method is that you can leave it and get on with something else) Stir in the vanilla, biscuits, sultanas and rice krispies and mix well.

Tip the mixture into the tin and flatten down. Press in some mini eggs and put in the fridge to set. Once set, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over. Return to the fridge to set, and then cut into squares.

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I know I’ve posted this recipe a bit late, but you could bookmark it for next Easter, or just replace the mini eggs with Smarties. Anyway, enjoy Easter, and perhaps this year might be a good time to find out what it’s actually all about.

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