Hop on to some delicious recipes this Easter!

Hop on to some delicious recipes this Easter!

The Easter weekend means a nice long break for most of us, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy some family time. Our special Easter Fayre has made filling the cupboards easy, but how about using your time off to try some of our tempting recipes? You could even get the little ones involved!


Here’s one for starters, a Simnel Cake, traditionally baked at Easter. This symbolic cake is packed full of fruit, spices and marzipan!


Simnel Cake


100g                         Glacé cherries

225g                         Butter, softened

225g                         light muscovado sugar or brown sugar

4                               large eggs

225g                         self-raising flour

225g                         sultanas

100g                         currants

50g                           chopped candied peel

2                                lemons, grated zest only

2 tsp                         ground mixed spice



500g                         marzipan

3 tbsp                       apricot jam



1.     Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C / 280F/gas 2.  Using baking parchment, line the base and sides of a 20cm round deep cake tin.

2.     Cut the cherries into quarters (they can be rather sticky), add to a sieve and rinse under running water.  Drain VERY well and then dry using kitchen paper.

3.     Place the cherries in a bowl with the butter, sugar, eggs, self-raising flour, sultanas, currants, candied peel, lemon zest and mixed spice and beat well until thoroughly mixed.  Pour half of the mixture into the prepared tin.

4.     Take one-third of the marzipan and roll into balls.  Place these onto the top of the cake mixture.  Spoon the remaining cake mixture on top and smooth out the surface.

5.     Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 35-45 minutes, or until the mixture is well risen, evenly brown and firm to the touch.

6.     If the top is browning too quickly then cover with aluminium foil.  Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.

7.     When the cake has cooled, brush the top with a little warmed apricot jam.  Roll out half of the remaining marzipan to fit the top of the cake.  Press firmly on the top and crimp the edges to decorate.

8.     Brush the marzipan with beaten egg and arrange the marzipan balls around the edge of the cake.  Brush the tops of the balls with the beaten egg and carefully place the cake under a hot grill until the top is lightly toasted.

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