- Sylvia calling me "Mama N O". This was because I spent a lot of time saying "N O spells no". I suspect it came from telling her not to eat all the chocolate and hot cross buns about the kitchen. (At least I am not a "nasty robber" which is what she reserves for people she really dislikes.)
- E and Sylvia attending their first Easter vigil mass. I was pleased to share it with them because I have fond childhood memories of the drama of the fire outside the church bringing light into the darkness.
- Eating our Easter egg pizza while we watched Pinocchio.
- Having fun with Sylvia drawing Easter eggs for the blog photos. After we finished the photo, she blue-takked them to the kitchen cupboard doors.
- Sylvia lining up her little chairs in the loungeroom to make a train for her dolls. She was the driver, of course.
- Watching George Gently on tv with E and my parents after Easter mass.
last year's hot cross bun recipe. The end result was very tasty but rather stodgy. I have written my recipe notes below for future reference.
Chocolate covered cheesecake Easter eggs. This is an area that is far more challenging than yeast baking. When Sylvia begged me to buy Easter egg moulds in the supermarket, they seemed a perfect way to make this recipe just a little easier.
fast track dough.)
Fast Ed's Triple Chocolate Cheesecake (from Better Homes and Gardens) that my mum and my brother's girlfriend made. It was truly amazing.
Tomato Lentil Soup. However there is plenty of cheesecake mixture left. I am considering making some extra Easter eggs with it. After all, it is healthier than the rest of the Easter eggs we brought home with us.
I am sending these Easter eggs back to Ricki for her Wellness Weekends. Thanks Rick for inspiring me to finally try my hand at some Easter eggs.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: WW Skye's tomato and pumpkin curry and copyright issues
Two years ago: New Kitchen, Old Stuff
Three years ago: Eat Drink Blog Conference - notes and reflections
Five years ago: Easter Nut Roast
Lime cheesecake filled easter eggs
Adapted from Diet Dessert and Dogs
makes about 20 half eggs
1 1/2 heaping cup (250 g) raw natural cashews
1/4 cup (60ml) full-fat coconut milk
3 tbsp (30 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tbsp (30ml) coconut sugar
1 tbsp (15ml) nutritional yeast flakes
1 1/2 tsp (7ml) whole chia seeds, finely ground
1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract (I didn't use but might in future)
zest of 2 limes
750g dark chocolate
Soak cashews overnight. Drain and whizz with remaining ingredients (except chocolate) in a powerful food processor. (Mine doesn't quite make the smooth and creamy it should but is close enough for jazz.)
Melt chocolate in small amounts (about 100g at a time). Line silicone Easter egg moulds with chocolate. Leave in fridge for an hour or so and then fill with cheesecake filling. Cover with chocolate. Return to the fridge for a few hours. Pop out of moulds. (If you don't have these moulds then you could either roll chilled filling into balls or chill in a square tin and cut into blocks, and then dip in melted chocolate.)
I only used 250g chocolate so I have guessed you might need 750g but am not sure this is quite the right proportions. If you have less chocolate than filling, you can use the filling on a dessert pizza or to swirl in brownies.
Orange-infused Hot Cross Buns (work in progress)
Adapted from Nigella (with a little help from my previous recipe)
makes 20 buns
300 ml milk
50 g butter or margarine
4 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
zest of 1 orange
1 star anise
2 cardamom pods
[perhaps could add 1 tbsp sweetener]
500 g bread flour
100g soy flour
200g wholemeal flour
3 tbsp chia seeds
14g dried yeast
300g dried fruit (I used sultanas and cranberries)
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1 to 1 1/2 cups plain flour
at least 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup castor sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
Heat ingredients through to cardomom pods in a small saucepan until the butter melts. Cool to lukewarm. Remove and discard spices.
Add remaining ingredients. [NOTE: I added heaps of liquid here and it was still quite a stiff dough. Perhaps more liquid is needed or if it turns out that it is too wet some more flour would be needed.] Knead for about 10 minutes until soft and smooth. I did this in two lots because I doubled the original recipe and there was a lot to knead.
[NOTE: in recipe said to lead overnight but I didn't.] Cover and rise 1 hour. Knead briefly. Cover and rise another hour or two (I did two because the room was cold and the dough wasn't rising much.) Divide dough into 20 pieces and place in roasting dish to rise about 30-45 minutes (I think I did this for an hour or two while Sylvia had bath and I made dinner. Still no rising.) Meanwhile preheat oven.
Mix up the dough for the crosses til you have a paste. Pipe (I used a ziplock bag with corner cut off - too much corner was cut off) the crosses across the buns. Bake at 220 C for 20 - 40 minutes until browned and hollow when tapped. (It took me 40 minutes til they were golden brown.) Heat glaze ingredients in a small saucepan til sugar is dissolved just before buns come out of oven. Carefully remove hot buns til a teatowel covered wire rack. Brush buns with glaze over and over til no glaze is left.
On the stereo:
Tigermilk - Belle and Sebastian