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School is out for Easter

A few alternative ideas...

Coat eggs with a layer of Blackboard Paint and start drawing with chalk. If the kids aren’t happy with a design or want a change they can wash the surface and draw again.

Simple apply fake tattoos to your hard boiled eggs. You’ll get eggs stamped with bugs, superheroes and more.

Cut up some beautiful Washi tape into different shapes and apply to your eggs for a funky no dye decorating option.

 

You will need...

  • Egg shells
  • Cotton wool
  • Cress seeds
  • Pens for drawing decoration
  1. Boil eggs and carefully remove the very top part of the shell and remove/eat contents, being careful not to break the shell
  2. Fill the shell with cotton wool. Remember the wool will swell up so don't fill more than about 2/3rds full
  3. Add water to the cotton wool
  4. Sprinkle some cress seeds onto the top of the cotton wool and place egg into an egg cup or egg box
  5. Gently draw some funky faces onto the eggs. Giving each egg its own individual character
  6. Get the kids to water their eggs a little everyday and they should see 'hair' sprouting after about 2-3 days

 

 

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are a lovely Easter treat but they are even more delicious when baked with chocolate chips!

 

  • 400g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 250ml warm milk
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 50g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g chocolate chips (milk or dark, whichever you prefer), or currants or raisins
  • 50g plain flour
  1. Put the strong flour, yeast, caster sugar and 1 tsp salt in a bowl with the spices and mix. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and butter. Start mixing with a spoon and finish with your hands. If the dough is too dry, add warm water, or extra flour if it’s wet.
  2. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 mins until it becomes smooth and springy. This will be a bit too much work for children, so get them to start the kneading, then when they get tired, take over.
  3. Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean, damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until roughly doubled in size – this will take about 1 hr.
  4. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and flatten. Scatter over the chocolate chips and knead the dough a few more times. Divide it into 8 even portions.
  5. Roll each portion into a smooth round and place on a greased baking sheet in 2 rows of 4, leaving some room between each bun for it to rise. Cover with a tea towel again and leave in a warm place to prove for 20 mins, until almost doubled in size again.
  6. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the plain flour with 1 tsp sugar and 4-5 tbsp water to give you a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe white lines on the buns to make crosses. Bake for 20 mins until they are light brown.

Recipe from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chocolate-chip-hot-cross-buns

 

 Chocolate Cornflake Cakes

  • 50g butter
  • 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g cornflakes
  1. Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Put the cornflakes in another large bowl.
  2. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in the saucepan over a low heat or briefly in the microwave. Allow to cool a little before pouring over the cornflakes.
  3. Stir the ingredients together gently using a wooden spoon. Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases arranged on a muffin tray (or baking sheet, if you don’t have one).Put in the fridge to set.

Recipe from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2451649/cooking-with-kids-chocolate-cornflake-cakes-

 

 

 

 

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