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20 recipes & style ideas you need to try this Easter

Easter is almost here, and we can't wait to warm up the hot cross buns, organise an Easter egg hunt and indulge in decadent chocolate desserts. The Easter long weekend also provides the perfect opportunity to style our homes with pretty decor, so we've rounded up 20 recipes and style ideas to help make the holiday memorable for all the right reasons. 

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Hot cross buns

1. Our stylist Drew Lewis is a big fan of Maggie Beer's hot cross buns, but if kneading makes you nervous, try these foolproof no-knead hot cross buns instead. (Mind you, the latter recipe requires you to start the recipe the day before and doesn't come with that gorgeous glaze.)
2. Have too many buns on your hands? Try this irresistible raspberry and chocolate hot cross bun pudding, which tastes as good as it looks! Hot cross bun chocolate French toast and hot cross bun ice cream sandwiches are also easy and delicious ways to use up excess buns.

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3. If you love hot cross bun flavours, but you're not so mad on dough, try these hot cross bun cannoli instead (pictured above). Filled with a ricotta mixture of currants, sultanas and mixed spice, they are everything we love about hot cross buns encased in a crisp pastry shell.
 

Easter baking with the kids

4. The kids will love this easy Easter rocky road slice (pictured below) packed with speckled eggs, Turkish delight and marshmallows. It also makes a great addition to a care package for friends and family. 
5. Lovers of Cadbury Creme Eggs will want to try these scotch creme eggs: they're messy but so much fun to make (and eat)!

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Tablescaping

6. Our stylist Kim Caruso created gorgeous Easter bunny decorations to complement each place setting on our 2022 Easter table (pictured below). To recreate the look at home, all you need is a set of square napkins, hard-boiled eggs and a few pieces of ribbon. It will only take 30 seconds to make each bunny—check out this tutorial to see how it's done. 
7. For a smart but casual Easter table, go rustic with softly-coloured linen napery layered over a matching linen tablecloth. Stoneware dinnerware matches the laidback vibe, and we love pairing it with glamorous gold cutlery for a luxe touch that elevates the overall look. 

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8. Greecian-style urn vases are having a moment and provide a striking table centrepiece, whether filled with fresh flowers from the garden, autumnal stems, or left to stand on their own as a sculptural focal point. For added ambiance, style with decorative candlestick holders and tall candles that can warm up the room with golden light if it's grey outside. 
9. TikTok has spoken, and Easter wreaths are officially on the decor menu for 2022. These videos are full of inspo, but if you're not keen on building one from scratch, why not get out your Christmas wreath and have a go at decorating it with Easter-themed additions?

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A Good Friday 

10. Many choose to forgo red meat on Good Friday, opting for seafood instead. If you’re one to embrace the tradition but are looking for a dish with a difference, try this recipe for melting salmon in fragrant salt, tarator style. It puts a Middle Eastern spin on salmon with a flavourful crust full of herbs, nuts and spices.
11. Don’t forget, Good Friday marks the beginning of a four-day long weekend, which calls for a celebratory Easter cocktail. We suggest sipping on a hot cross martini (pictured below), but if you prefer your drinks to be pre-mixed and ready to pour, Sydney distillery Archie Rose has released a limited-edition Rocky Road flavoured Bottled Cocktail to celebrate the holiday. Talk about a grown-up Easter treat.

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Easter Sunday lamb roast

12. It isn't Easter without a roast lamb. If you agree with that statement, we suggest going low and slow for the most succulent Easter roast. Find fantastic lamb recipes here, including chef Shane Delia's 12-hour roast lamb with pistachio and green-olive tabbouleh, which is so much easier than it sounds, plus an Indian-spiced lamb shoulder with saffron pilaf (pictured below). Shop our roasting pans to get your long lunch sorted. 

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13. For sides, make the most of in-season figs with a salad of fig, mozzarella and basil (pictured below) or dress baby carrots with garlic, ginger and smoked chilli butter, a versatile condiment that works equally well with other greens. 

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Over-the-top chocolate desserts

14. Bring on the chocolate this Easter with these ultra-decadent desserts. Perhaps this sensational Snickers cheesecake oozing with caramel goodness or a batch of chocolate cream doughnuts (pictured below) for a pastry riff on Tim Tams.
15. If you're more inclined towards classic desserts, you can't go past this triple chocolate praline tart or a whisky-laced salted chocolate layer cake with whipped ganache. Both can be made ahead of time so you can spread your Easter prep out over the long weekend. Shop our bakeware for all your baking needs. 

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16. No time to bake a cake? We tapped local pastry chef and founder of Saga cafe in Sydney's Enmore, Andy Bowdy, to make the decadent dessert pictured below. If you’re Sydney-based, we recommend Andy’s made-to-order masterpieces, which are so fabulously tall and tiered, a traditional cake stand isn't always needed. Instead, we chose to present his cake on a lazy susan that we could spin around to admire the cake from all angles—do try it at home!

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School holiday activities

17. With Easter falling in the middle of the school holidays, keeping the kids busy can be a mission in its own right—luckily the Sydney Royal Easter Show is back for another year. Head on down to Sydney Showground from April 8 - 19 for rides, live performances, baby animals, and of course, show bags. Fun for the little ones is guaranteed.
18. Back at home, you can’t go past a good Easter film and our bean bags and blankets will help make your space extra comfy for a movie night with the whole fam. Stream Hop on Netflix or Binge, or you can head to the cinema to check out the latest in the Fantastic Beasts saga, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, hitting Aussie screens on April 7.

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19. Many cultures decorate and dye eggs for Easter, including the Greek Orthodox tradition of dying eggs an unmissable shade of blood-red, and the Ukrainian "pysanky" method, which sees eggs adorned with decorative symbols. It’s a practice you can get the kids involved with in preparation for the big day—set up a painting station and let their imaginations run wild.
20. Of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without an Easter Sunday Easter egg hunt. To keep the activities flowing after the sugar high hits, use your pre-painted decorative eggs to run an egg and spoon race, or even an egg roll, where kids race to push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. 
Natalie Mell 01 April, 2022

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