March 2021

What a comforting thought, Spring is almost here, and we can prepare for the Easter break and plan our baking. Our theme this month is Eggs, sweet and savoury. Have Fun baking!

Love Carol and Heather

Easter – Eggs for All

Download as pdf

Scotch Eggs

Mini Egg Cookies

Scotch Eggs
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g sausage meat
  • Flour for coating
  • 1 egg well beaten
  • Dry ‘golden’ breadcrumbs
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. Hard-boil 4 eggs for 9 minutes in boiling water, leave to cool
  2. Shell the eggs and roll them in a little flour
  3. Divide sausage meat into 4
  4. On a floured surface, pat out each piece to about 12x8cms
  5. Gather up sausage meat to cover each egg, seal the joints well
  6. Coat each wrapped egg, first in beaten egg then in the breadcrumbs
  7. Heat 4cm of oil in a deep frying pan / deep fat pan to 180oC (cube of bread should be golden in 1 minute)
  8. Fry for 6-8 minutes, turning frequently, until golden brown
  9. Drain on kitchen paper
  10. Eat hot or cold
  • For thicker sausage use 300g
  • Mix 2tsp chopped chives into sausage meat
  • Bake, not fry at 180oC / 160oC fan / gas mark 5 for 20 minutes
Mini cookies
  • 115g softened butter
  • 115g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbs maple syrup (or golden)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 150g SR flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 150g mini eggs, roughly chopped
  1. Heat oven to 180oC, 160oC fan, gas mark 4
  2. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper
  3. Beat butter and sugar together until creamy
  4. Mix in the vanilla and maple syrup
  5. Sieve in the cocoa and flour
  6. Mix to form a dough
  7. Using hands, roll tsp of mixture into 15-16 balls
  8. Place on baking trays and flatten each ball slightly
  9. Scatter the chopped mini eggs over and press gently into each cookie
  10. Bake for 13-15 minutes until just set around edges, but soft in middle
  11. Cool on the tray for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling tray

Soft Boiled Eggs and Soldiers

Easter Nest Cake

Mini cookies
Ingredients; Turmeric & chilli butter naan soldiers
  • 25g softened salted butter
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ large shop-bought garlic naan
  • ½ tablespoon chopped coriander
  1. Mash the butter with a pinch of chilli flakes and spread onto the naan
  2. Grill for 1 minute until butter has melted
  3. Sprinkle over chopped coriander, cut into soldiers
  4. Serve with a boiled egg
Ingredients; Marmite & gooey cheese crumpet soldiers
  • 30g strong grated cheddar
  • 30g grated mozzarella
  • 2 crumpets
  • 15g butter 1-2 teaspoons Marmite
  1. Combine grated cheese with mozzarella in a bowl
  2. Toast 2 crumpets and spread with butter and marmite (if liked)
  3. Top the crumpets with cheese mix and grill for 30seconds until golden and bubbling, cut into soldiers and serve with a boiled egg
Ingredients; Mushroom brioche soldiers
  • 2 slices brioche
  • 60g mushroom pate
  1. Toast the slices of brioche
  2. Spread with mushroom pate
  3. Cut into soldiers and serve with a boiled egg
Easter Cake
  • 200g soft margarine
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 - 7”/18cm sandwich tins or 23cm bundt tin
Fudge Icing Ingredients
  • 65g margarine
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons hot milk
  • 3 rounded tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.
  1. Heat oven at 180oC 170oC Fan Gas mark 3
  2. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until well mixed
  3. Place the mixture into a greased bun tin or divide between sandwich tins
  4. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes
  5. When cooked remove from oven and leave to cool on a rack
Fudge Icing Method
  1. Place all ingredients in a suitable bowl to microwave, and cook on high for approximately 1 minute, or until the margarine has melted
  2. Beat until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the icing is of right consistency
Assembling your cake
  1. If using the sandwich tins, cut out the middle from one sponge with a circular cutter, this will be the top layer(forming the nest
  2. Sandwich the sponges together with icing, then cover the cake all over with the rest of the icing
  3. Place the eggs in the middle