March 31, 2013 by Hannah
I was a little torn this Easter between the traditional baking and the traditional potato planting. The weather kindly guided my decision and so the focus was on baking, although I did squeeze in some seed planting too.
My first attempt at fulfilling Easter baking tradition was a Simnel Cake, so called according to Good Housekeeping, because it was created by two children called Simon and Nell. The eleven balls of marzipan represent apostles, Judas is obviously excluded as a persona non grata. You’re supposed to decorate the cake with chicks and chocolate eggs, but I couldn’t find any, so a cut out robin was used as a stand in.
A certain someone then claimed that homemade hot cross buns could never beat the perfection of the shop one’s from M&S. Needless to say I took up the challenge! I sort of followed the Paul Hollywood recipe, me being me though I had to add an extra spoon of cinnamon and a few less sultanas.
I was more than a little surprised to peer over the top of the kitchen bookcase (a very warm spot), and discover that my cucumber and chilli seedlings had germinated more speedily than expected.
They were duly planted out of their germinating bags, and so ended a rather lovely Easter. I am now going to lie belly up on the sofa and nibble at one of my delicious hot cross buns!