Wrestling with an Easter Wreath

I can officially say I am now baked out for Easter.  My finale was going  to be a Polish Babka Wielkanocna, a rich bundt cake (12 egg yolks are just the start of its richness)  that caught my eye on Mary Berry’s programme and in the papers, but after making this monster loaf it will…

Lolloping Easter Bunny Brioche

We have been having a very nice week off work at home, though as ever when one staycations, we have done a little too much round the house clearing out the dust from the building work and catching up on the garden.  I may have also taken on a little too much when committing to…

A Lamb at Easter

Unofficially it is still Easter Week, although officially Easter week is the run up to Easter Sunday.  However here in the UK,  because of the long Public Holiday (which we call “Bank” Holidays for some bizarre reason),  many of us take the week after Easter Sunday off.   As part of my Easter tour around Europe I…

The Miraculous Hot Cross Bun

England was the birth place of the Industrial Revloution  and the rapid urbanisation in the mid 19th Centtury, combined with the reforming religious zeal of both the Puritans and the Victorians, has stripped us of many of our older rural traditions. Happily the Hot Cross Bun is not one of them. No other food item…

La Dolce Gubana

My Easter Baking has begun and with so much choice from around the world (see my last post here) I was struggling to make a decision about what to do first.  My first thoughts were a Simnel Cake, but I realised I needed to take one to my mother over Easter.  Also we are making a…

The Joy of Easter

There is something deeply joyful about the Easter holiday. It is the first one after Christmas and those miserable last winter months are behind us. Best of all the days are getting longer, the sun is coming out, and the daffodils are bursting into flower.  Spring is upon us and Summer is on the way, and something primal in us lights up…