Recipes for Easter: Angelic and Devilish Easter Treats
As Easter approaches, the dread and simultaneous glee about the delicious food that will be on offer, begins to set in. If you are well into your ‘summer body’ diet then this holiday can be like dodging tasty food bullets as you attempt to stay on track.
It is at this point that you have to decide how this year is going to go. Will you hit a major road block on your path to being a beach god or goddess? Or will your resolve stay true and steady as you turn your nose at hot cross buns and Easter eggs? Now is the time to choose your side.
I will be showing you two very different recipes to please the angelic you and the devilish you this Easter.
Angelic – Spiced Apple Crisps
- Granny Smith apple
- Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas mark 3. Core the apple and slice through the equator into very thin slices 1-2mm thick. Dust with cinnamon and lay flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour, turning halfway through and removing any crisps that have turned brown. Continue cooking until the apples have dried out and are light golden. Cool, store in an airtight container and enjoy as a snack.
Not only are these moreish, but they taste delicious and will grab everyone’s attention when out on display. This snack is an easy way to curb your hunger and to stay away from the mountains of cheap chocolate on display.
Devilish - Mars Bar Cake
- 3 Mars bars
- 225g Rice Krispies
- 75g Butter
- 3tsp Golden Syrup
- 4 x 230g Chocolate
- Break up Mars bars and add them to a bowl along with the syrup and butter. Melt in the microwave, or in a pan on the hob, until the mixture is all melted together.
- Pour it into the rice krispies and gently mix together until the rice krispies are coated in the mixture. Then pour the rice krispies into a large baking tray and even out. Once this is done place the tray in the fridge to cool.
- Melt your chocolate (my personal favourite is Cadbury’s) in a pan on the hob, or in the microwave, making sure you stir regularly to stop burning. Then pour over the rice krispies that have been cooling in the fridge. Once covered put them back into the fridge to cool.
- Once chocolate topping is hard (if possible leave for a few hours) you can remove the mixture from fridge and cut into squares. I usually cut them into large and small pieces to give people a choice of how devilish they want to be!
This recipe will make around 40 Mars bar cakes so make sure you have plenty of people in mind to share them with. This is a treat that laughs in the face of healthy eating so be moderate with your indulgence (if possible) or those dreaded pounds will easily creep on.
Although not a traditional Easter activity, barbeques are bound to make an appearance on bank holiday weekend. Recent weather has hopefully shown that we are in for a tasty summer of garden parties and delicious food, so if you are looking to reduce the impact on your waistline then opt for a nice cup of British tea instead of copious amounts of alcohol.
I find that baking actually takes away some of the craving for naughty foods. The time it takes to organise your ingredients, prepare your mixture and then bake it to perfection, distracts you from the temptation to scoff the lot. Also, if you have people in mind to give the fruits of your labour to, then you have motivation to be good as they are not for you. I always have a cheeky dip of the finger into my mixture to make sure something hasn’t gone terribly wrong, but apart from that I usually stay away from trying a few to ‘make sure’ everything is ok.
Instead of a New Year’s resolution I had a New Year’s realisation. The way to getting thin or staying thin in 2012 is to become a feeder! Bake to your heart’s content and pass on the tasty joy to others. The praise from people enjoying your food is almost as good as the taste. Well….maybe not quite.
Katherine Weir is an avid blogger of all things food, travel, entertainment and health and well-being. Follow her on Twitter @KatherineWeir