This month our bakers did us proud with an Easter Egg-stravaganza, producing some traditional celebration bakes alongside some really good, fun bakes featuring eggs, chocolate and even lambs!
Only one savoury bake this month but it was a definite triumph – a clever twist on the Roscon de Reyes (or King Cake) which features in Spanish Epiphany celebrations but is also part of the New Orleans Carnival tradition in the period leading up to Lent. Traditionally sweet, Jayne turned this one savoury, creating layers of beautifully pillowy dough filled with ham and cheese and decorated with olives and peppers. Most of us went back for seconds!
Another traditional bake was little Simnel Cakes, complete with the 11 little spheres on top said to represent the disciples of Jesus. (Judas, of course, is not included in their number, being considered a traitor by this point in the Easter story). We also had an Easter Egg Challah – an enriched, braided dough traditionally made for the Jewish Sabbath and for important holidays. Three braids represent truth, peace and justice. This particular recipe (not entirely traditional) had sugar in – and the leftovers made amazing French toast! Our final traditional bake was these pretty star shaped Pardulas, an Easter treat in Sardinia; pastry filled with a ricotta cheese and sugar mixture, flavoured with saffron and citrus.
After all that culture, we descended into pure decadence with a riot of chocolate, mini eggs and these very cute little lamb and butterfly cupcakes. New baker Naomi created these with the help of Pinterest and they were almost too pretty to eat. We also tucked into a Chocolate Orange Nest cake (made with All Bran so it must be a little bit healthy, right?), a Chocolate Guinness Cake, Cardamom and Lavender Easter Cupcakes (made with eggs from Barbie’s own chickens) and a very indulgent Italian Tres Leche Cake – named for the three milks (condensed, evaporated and double cream) poured over the sponge after it’s baked to soak it through.
The full list of this month’s bakes was:
Jayne – Savoury Roscon de Reyes
Mandy – Chocolate Guinness Easter Cake
Vicky – Simnel Cupcakes
Chelsea – Easter Egg Challah Bread
Naomi – Lamb and Butterfly Vanilla Cupcakes
Sharon – Italian Tres Leche Cake
Ann – Chocolate Orange Nest Cake
Cat – Sardinian Pardulas
Barbie – Cardamom and Lavender Cupcakes
Next month we’re celebrating Eurovision with Continental Classics. Who knows what our creative bakers will come up with for that!