EASTER is always a fun time of year. Especially if you're a kid. Apart from having time off from school, there's plenty of chocolate eggs to be had and lots of fun things to do.
Here's a list of some crafty activities the kids can get up to these Easter holidays:
Dying Easter eggs
Easter eggs have long been regarded as a symbol for new life. Follow these five steps to breathe some new life into your Easter. You'll have fun, and the kids will too.
What you'll need:
- hard boiled egg (as many as you mant to dye)
- plain white vinegar
- small bowls, cups or empty margarine containers
- food colouring
- Fill your containers with water to about 1/2 or 2/3 full.
- Add 1 tsp of vinegar for every 1 cup of water.
- Add a few drops of food colouring until you're happy with the mix.
- Place hard boiled eggs in the containers, using a tablespoon to place them in and remove them.
- Leave the eggs to sit in the solution for a few minutes, then take them out and allow them to dry.Wipe them down with vegetable oil using a paper towel to make the egg look glossy.
Easter cheesecake recipe
Australian's love a good cheesecake, and it couldn't be more fitting on one of the most indulgent holidays of the year - Easter. Here's a recipe for an Easter cheesecake thanks to Lindt. It's so easy to make, and the kids will love the finished product too.
1 packet of chocolate shortbread biscuits
80 grams of unsalted butter
575 g of cream cheese
50g of sour cream
1tsp of vanilla bean paste
200 g of Lindt Excellence 70% cocoa
100ml cream 35%
140g castor sugar
Pinch of salt
6 Lindt gourmet eggs
6 Lindt Lindor balls
Preheat the oven to 120 degrees celcius.
Base: For the base, place biscuits in a food processor and blend until ground reasonably fine. Mix enough melted butter for mixture to just bind together, press evenly over base of lightly greased tin and smooth it with the back of a spoon.
Topping: For the cheesecake mixture, place cream cheese into an electric mixer with a paddle attachment and mix until softened. (scrape down sides to prevent lumps in the mixture).
Once the cream is softened, mix in the sour cream and sugar, continue mixing until smooth.
Place the cream into a saucepan and gently bring to the boil, remove from heat once boiling.
Break up the chocolate and mix in to cream.Stir until melted and set aside to cool slightly.
Mix chocolate into the cheese mixture and once again scrape down the sides.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Pour enough cheesecake mixture into the springform to cover the base.
Assembly: Unwrap the gourmet eggs and the Lindor balls and arrange Lindor in a circle in the centre with a circle of gourmet eggs surrounding the Lindor. Get the kids to do this one. Gently cover the Lindor and eggs with a little cheesecake mixture and lightly tap the springform to avoid air pockets.
Pour in remaining cheesecake and once again tap lightly. Place springform into a deep baking tray and pour about two centimetres of hot water into the base of the tray. Make sure adults do this so little hands aren't in danger. This will help the cooking process and prevent the cake from becoming dry and crumbly. Bake cheesecake for approximately 60 minutes.
The cake is ready when it is set on the sides but remains slightly soft in the centre. Completely cool cake in the springform tin. Garnish the side of the cake with some chocolate spaghetti or flaked almonds and decorate with favourite Lindt Easter treats. Serve at room temperature.
Serves about 8 - 10 people.
For more recipe ideas visit Lindt's website.
Easter egg baskets
Ester baskets are probably the most simple craft activity your child can do this Easter. All you need is:
- coloured or plain cardboard
- hole punch
- pencils, pens, crayons
- ribbon or string
- sticky tape
- anything else your kids would like to use to decorate their baskets
Grab you cardboard sheet and draw a triangle using a ruler. The best size is an equilateral triangle that is 30cm either side.
- Using scissors, cut the triangle out.
- Decorate your triangle on one side using whatever you want. You can draw Easter eggs, bunnies, or even attach feathers. The triangle is your playground.
- Coat one side of the triangle with glue.
- Carefully roll the triangle until it forms a cone shape. Press the glue side of the triangle onto the opposing side, so as to keep the cone shape.
- While holding the cone together where the triangle's sides meet, use sticky tape on the inside to of the cone for extra strength.
- Allow time to dry.
- Once dry, grab the hole punch and punch holes at the open end of the cone, so that each hole is directly opposite the other.
- Cut a piece of string about 30cm long. Then tie one side of the ribbon/string through one of the holes. Repeat the process with the other hole.
- The final step is to place the basket over the doorknob, ready to be filled with chocolate treats on Easter morning.
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