Time for an Easter Egg Hunt!

We have scoured the internet and picked our closest friends brains for their best ideas on how to celebrate Easter this year. We have compiled a list of our favouriteideas and treats for adults and kiddies that will provide fun for the whole family over the long weekend. Have a read below to get some inspiration for Easter.

 

For the Health Conscious: Bunny carrot dip and Easter bread basket

 

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon onion, chopped

1 tablespoon dill, diced

1 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons horseradish

1 cup carrots, finely diced

2 Pillsbury bread sticks or your own home made dough.

 

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients for dip thoroughly and refrigerate for several hours. It can be served in a cabbage or lettuce bowl on a platter surrounded by fresh baby carrots or other veggies!
  • For The Handle:
  • Pinch two Pillsbury bread sticks  or your home-made dough together and twist to form the handle. Place on a cookie sheet in a "U" shape and cook as directed on can.

 

Recipe and images from: http://pizzazzerie.com/holidays/bunny-carrot-dip-easter-bread-basket/

 

 

 

 

 

For the Adventurous: Glow in the dark easter eggs

 

Have egg-loads of fun with this Hunt In The Dark Easter Eggs kit from Woolworths! The kit includes 2 torches and 12 glow-in-the-dark toy eggs with reflectors filled with egg-shaped jelly beans -  we couldn’t think of a better way to hunt for eggs during Easter.

 

Retails for R 89.95 in Woolworths

 

 

 

 

 

For the love-birds: Kissing Bunnies from Lindt

 

Celebrate love this Easter with the Lindt Goldhase Bunnies! Just think when you give this as a present to your loved one, you automatically are entited to the 2nd bunny. A win-win situation!

 

Retails for R 89.95 in Woolworths.

 

 

 

 

 

For mom: A vase full of flow...err... carrots. 

 

So mom doesn’t like chocolate, sweets or cookies? How about a vase full of flowers…. And carrots. You can even fill the vase with her favourite easter eggs, if carrots aren't her thing. Im sure she will appreciate the creative and thoughtful gesture! For all the guys out there, this is also a very cute way of celebrating Easter with your girlfriend (or boyfriend!).

 

 

 

 

For the ones who love to bake: Cake-filled eggs!

 

What a surprise for the little ones! Cake inside an egg! This is one of our favouriteideas.

 

Dyed Eggs Ingredients:

18 extra-large white eggs (Only three will get used in the cake.  The rest are just used for their shells.)

1/2 cup of water for every egg color you want

1 tablespoon vinegar for every egg color you want

Food coloring (as many colors as you'd like)

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

a pinch of salt

2 eggs (from above)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 teaspoon lemon extract

1/2 cup sour cream

 

Cream Cheese "Yolk" Ingredients:

1 egg (from above)

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

Gold and yellow food coloring

Dyed Eggs Directions:

 

Instructions:

  • Carefully poke a small hole in the top of each egg.  (you can use the tip of a corkscrew for this)
  • Once you have poked tiny holes, peel back the edges of the holes to expand them a bit.  The holes need to be large enough to fit the tip of a piping bag inside.  You can always make the holes larger when you are ready to pipe so err on the smaller side during this step.
  • Turn each egg upside-down and dump out its contents.  Keep the contents of two eggs separate for the cake recipe and one egg separate for the cream cheese "yolks". 
  • Rinse the insides of the eggs out thoroughly over the sink.  Then, immerse them in saltwater for thirty minutes. 
  • For each color that you want, prepare cups with water, vinegar, and six drops of food coloring.  Stir and add more color until you like the way the color looks.
  • Dunk eggs one at a time into the cups of color and leave them in for a minute. Have a look at the resulting shell color and dunk again if you want the color to be more intense.
  • Remove from the dye and place eggs hole side down on a paper towel to dry.

 

Cupcake Directions:

  • Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix eggs and sugar until light and creamy.
  • Add the butter and lemon extract and mix until fully integrated.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Add the sour cream and mix until smooth.

 

Cream Cheese "Yolk" Directions:

  • Mix cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth.
  • Add food coloring until the mixture looks yolk-colored. 

 

Egg Filling and Baking Directions:

  • Place the prepared egg shells into a cupcake tin.  Use aluminum foil to help them stand upright.
  • Load the cake batter and the "yolk" into piping bags fitted with small tips.  Make sure that the tips can fit all of the way inside of the egg holes.  If they can't, gradually egg-spand the holes until the tips fit.
  • Fill your eggs about 1/4 full with batter.
  • Top the batter with "yolk" until the eggs are about 1/2 full.
  • Top the "yolk" with more batter until the eggs are about 3/4 full.  This is the tricky part.  If you underfill the eggs, you won't have complete cake eggs inside when you crack them after baking.  If you overfill the eggs, cake will flow out of the eggs during baking.
  • Bake the eggs at 350 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool, crack, and eat!

 

 

Recipe and photo from: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/03/easter-egg-cupcakes-with-yolk-centers.html