Category: Easter
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Happy Easter

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Above, taking the plunge with large easter moulds…very tricky – I used white chocolate on the detail and chocolate for the rest (all dairy free by Sweet William)

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I made some rice chocolate using rice puffs and dairy free chocolate – these turned out quite tasty!

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Strawberry hedgehogs, dipped in white chocolate and chocolate chips (all dairy free by Sweet William)

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Some examples of the white chocolate and chocolate truffles I made, with a few sultanas for garnish.

This year I decided to be a bit more adventurous with the Easter treats for my dairy allergic son; you can see the results above.  For some reason things taste better when they look different to the norm, and when they are packaged in gold foil!

Happy Easter!

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Vegan Hot Cross Buns

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Last year I made my own version of hot cross buns, but this year I wanted to try something new, after a quick google search I found essjay’s Vegan version.

What I love about essjay’s recipe, is that the buns are light almost like Italian Panettone, and importantly very delicious!  I made a big batch for Easter presents –  for my son’s teachers, it took a bit of work but I wanted to give them something home-made, something special, to show my appreciation for their inclusiveness and understanding of my son’s allergies.

My son’s teacher uses cooking as a tool for literacy and numeracy and he (like most children) is happy to write stories about food.  The head teacher has consulted me along the way and I have used recipes from my blog (very handy!), from gingerbread,  pancakes, muffins and chocolate biscuits – all allergy free.  My son is having a great time at school and he loves being part of all the action, especially cooking and eating!  PS he is having so much fun he hardly notices that he is learning to read and write!

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Last Minute..Bunny Hop

It was a snap decision and a late one I might add, I didn’t have Easter Eggs for my son, so I needed to make them, the night before Easter.  My son affectionately calls Easter Eggs, ‘bunnies’ because his logic is that the Easter Bunny delivers them so therefore they should be named accordingly – I guess?  So I quickly whipped up some, went to the store and bought Silicone Easter Egg moulds, and cellophane to wrap them, I already had the chocolate.

You are most probably wondering why I didn’t buy them – well it is a good question, I did buy two in fact but they turned out to be potentially hazardous (I discovered this after reading the allergy caution under the ingredients).  To cut a long story short my son is highly allergic to dairy and nuts (to name two), the ‘Moo Free’ Easter Eggs I purchased are made in a factory that processes soy and nuts. My son is fine with soy, it’s the potential traces of nuts in the product that I was uncomfortable with, after some contemplation I just didn’t want to try the ‘Moo Free’ Eggs, I couldn’t bring myself to test him with it before Easter and certainly wasn’t going to do it on the day.

So my panic buy of moulds, cellophane and my first attempt at making Easter Eggs within the space of one hour, was a success of sorts, you can see the results above.  I used a dairy free chocolate that we have readily available it’s called ‘Sweet William’, my son has had it before and loves it.  I did get ‘Easter Bunnies’ in the ‘Sweet William’ brand, but for some reason this company did not make Easter Eggs.  I think it is kind of nice to have chocolate in the shape of an Easter Egg, especially when you are nearly 5 years of age and all your friends and cousins are receiving (and devouring) egg-shaped chocolate; surely it must taste better?

So I just melted the ‘Sweet William’ chocolate in a makeshift double boiler, lined the moulds (for a hollow egg),  popped them  in the fridge for about 10 minutes, removed them from the fridge, de-moulded them, just added melted chocolate to join two sides of the egg together and ‘hey presto’ an Easter Egg!  Just a small but an important one to note, I picked the small moulds which are less risky for the novice egg maker (i.e. me).

Then to add a bit of glamour and glitz, I put them in some foil chocolate cups I had floating around in my pantry, wrapped them in cellophane, with a tinsel flourish and placed them in the Easter basket, my son made at School.  They will be hurriedly scattered around our garden tomorrow morning, ready for the fun-filled and delightful annual Easter Hunt.  Just for the record I made 15 Bunnies, I mean Easter Eggs!  My son often queries whether the kangaroos have seen that tricky Easter Bunny – cute isn’t he?  By the way we don’t have kangaroos in our garden, but my Sister-In-Law does!

Happy Easter!!

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