Easter festivities need a lot of preparation. If the family is inviting friends over, the expectations go a notch higher. Instead of repeating the same ideas year in year out, the host should try unique baking recipes that will leave the guest and family members speechless and yearning for more. It is wise to try the presentation a few days in advance, probably when there is no one else in the house, so that the dinner or lunch during Easter is incident free. For instance, the host should make samples to try and figure out the amount of ingredients needed for the day and to understand the steps involved. This is the easiest way to learn new ideas.
The bunny cookie is one of the baking recipes that every guest expects for dessert. It matches with the Easter theme of bunnies and eggs. The recipe requires an egg, 3 cups of baking flour, half a cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, half a teaspoon ground cinnamon, cloves and cider vinegar. In addition, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, half a cup of molasses, a pinch of salt and half a cup of vegetable shortening. In a large bowl, mix the flour, ginger, cloves, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Beat the egg in another bowl and add the molasses, vinegar and the shortening. Stir it until it is soft and pour it into the flour mixture. Knead vigorously until all ingredients blend in and produce soft dough. Lay it on a clean working surface and spread it using a rolling pin until it is a quarter inch thick. Use the bunny cookie cutter to cut out pieces that match the size you want. Bake them for ten minutes in a preheated oven at 190 C. You can decorate them with grated coconut or illustrate the nose, eyes and mouth of a bunny using jam and coconut gratings.
Another idea for Easter baking recipes is the baked ham with pineapple. You need one thick slice of ham, a can of sliced pineapples in syrup, half-teaspoon ground ginger, one tablespoon sauce, a cup of cider vinegar and one cup of brown sugar. Begin by trimming the excess fat from the ham and lay it in a baking tray. Take the syrup from the pineapples, and add vinegar, ginger, sugar and stir the mixture. Ladle the mixture over the ham and let it rest for at least four hours. Next, bake it for two hours, add the sauce and bake for another hour. When ready, place the pineapple slices around it on the serving dish. This recipe is easy and you can serve it as the main dish.
Other baking recipes you can try during Easter include a fruit loaf, carrot cake, cupcakes and other delicacies. Work around your plan and make sure your theme remains relevant with the meals you prepare. For instance, have some Easter eggs around the serving trays, and get cutlery that has the designs of your theme on them.
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