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What to Eat This Easter (When You’re Not Eating Chocolate)

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What to Eat This Easter (When You’re Not Eating Chocolate)

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As with any good celebration, food is very much at the heart of Easter. Okay, so a lot of that food is chocolate based, but this time of year isn’t all about Easter eggs – there are other food traditions too, like hot cross buns on Good Friday and simnel cake after a lamb dinner on Easter Sunday.

In between the chocolate eggs (which you shouldn’t eat until Sunday by the way!), here are some great recipes to enjoy across the weekend, all in keeping with the spirit of Easter.

Good Friday

Hot cross buns

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Start the weekend the right way with these moreish hot cross buns, by silver-haired baker extraordinaire, Paul Hollywood. The use of apples in the dough gives this traditional recipe enhanced flavour and a moist, sticky texture – delicious!

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Traditional Fish & Chips

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During Lent, fish is used as a substitute for meat, but you don’t need to be religious to partake in this tradition. Fish & chips is a great Friday meal. This recipe by esteemed chef Josh Eggleton is true to the British classic: haddock fillets coated in beer batter, served with chunky chips, crushed peas and homemade tartare sauce.

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Salmon en Croute

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If you’re not feeling fish & chips, salmon en croûte is an impressive alternative. This Fabulous Baker Brothers’ recipe makes easy work of a French favourite, combining rich salmon with tender spinach and fresh parsley to produce a mighty fine dinner table centrepiece. Serve with roasted vegetables and pesto.  

If you fancy salmon, but not of the en croûte variety, try our salmon en papillote.

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Easter Sunday

If you have kids, the chances are there are a few dyed or decorated hard-boiled eggs lying around the house. While it’s a shame to destroy a prize-winning collection of decorated Minion eggs, they’re better in your belly than the bin. Here are a few ways to put eggs to good use on Easter Sunday morning.

Devilled Eggs

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These devilled eggs couldn’t be easier: just scoop out the yolk, mash it up with mayonnaise and mustard and spoon it back into egg whites. The ‘devil’ part comes from the sprinkling of paprika, among other tasty toppings.

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English Muffin Egg Pizza

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Pizza for breakfast is typically frowned upon, but what if that pizza is really an English muffin topped with tomato slices and hard-boiled eggs? Yeah, put that cereal away.

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Egg Salad Sandwich

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Good food needn’t be complicated. An egg sandwich is as easy as it gets: hard-boiled eggs between two slices of toasted bread, complemented by celery and green onion and held together by mayonnaise or avocado.

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Roasted Leg of Lamb and Potatoes

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Hopefully, after an Easter egg brunch, you’ve left enough room lunch, because the dinner table is going to be stacked. Jamie Oliver’s roasted lamb is – like fish & chips – a British classic that’s easy to make and yields enough to feed the whole family.  

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Serve with…

Red cabbage slaw with hazelnuts and lemon

Honey roasted carrots 

Steamed asparagus 

Minted peas and beans 

Baked cauliflower and broccoli cheese 

Mary Berry’s Simnel Cake

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Originally a gift on Mother’s Day, simnel cake has become synonymous with Easter Sunday. And who better to provide a recipe for this fruit and marzipan concoction than the British institution that is Mary Berry?!

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Easter Biscuits

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If you’re not yet ready to give up the sweet stuff, but are looking for a break from chocolate, make a batch of Easter biscuits. Lightly spiced with a sugary crunch, these flavoursome biccies go great with a cup of tea.

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What are your favourite things to eat at Easter? Let us know in the comments!

As with any good celebration, food is very much at the heart of Easter. Okay, so a lot of that food is chocolate based, but this time of year isn’t all about Easter eggs – there are other food traditions too, like hot cross buns on Good Friday and simnel cake after a lamb dinner on Easter Sunday.