Buns and Forgiveness for Easter
There are a few things we love about Easter weekend. The togetherness of people close to you, excited children on Easter hunts and hot cross buns. All these have shared experiences in common.
Today we want to share our experiences with you, our lovely and loyal audience. Here are a few facts we love about Easter, and we are throwing in a special Easter treat for you at the end.
Here are a few interesting facts about Easter:
- Easter eggs only became a thing at a later stage. Back in the day, eating eggs was not allowed during Holy week. The eggs lain during Holy week were saved, decorated and then given to kids as gifts.
Chocolate eggs started in France and Germany in the 19th century. This tradition is a favourite still enjoyed today by chocoholics.
- The Easter bunny represents new life. Rabbits give birth to large litters of babies, becoming a symbol of new life, fertility and plenty.
Legend says that the Easter bunny lays eggs, decorates them and hides them as gifts for children to find.
- Dates relating to Easter:
- Ash Wednesday (46 days before Easter)
- Palm Sunday (1 week before Easter)
- Maundy Thursday (3 days before Easter)
- Good Friday (2 days before Easter)
- Easter Saturday (1 day before Easter)
- Easter Monday (1 day after Easter)
- Ascension Day (39 days after Easter)
- Whit Sunday / Pentecost (49 days after Easter)
- Whit Monday (50 days after Easter)
- Trinity Sunday (56 days after Easter)
- Corpus Christi (60 days after Easter)
- The date for Easter Sunday falls on the Sunday after the first full moon after 21 March. If the full moon is on a Sunday, Easter will be on the following Sunday. Easter Sunday will always be between 22 March and 25 April.
- Easter keywords that stand out. Forgiveness, rebirth/new life, togetherness and resurrection.
Another Easter surprise:
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So here, as promised. Your Easter treat is...
Hot Cross Bun Recipe (Makes 12 buns)
Oven temperature 190˚C
450g plain flour
1 level teaspoon caster sugar
25g fresh yeast (or 1 level tablespoon dried yeast)
150ml lukewarm milk
50ml warm water
1 Level teaspoon salt & mixed spice
50g castor sugar
50g melted butter
1 beaten egg
25-50g chopped mixed peel
The first part of the mixture:
- Sift 125g of plain flour with the 1 level teaspoon caster sugar.
- Crumble in the yeast and stir in the milk and water.
- Leave the mixture in a warm place for 20-30 minutes until frothy.
In the meanwhile:
- Sift the remaining flour with the salt and spice in a separate bowl.
- Add the 50g castor sugar.
Back to the risen yeast mixture:
- Stir the melted butter together with the egg into the risen yeast mixture.
- Gradually fold in the flour, currants and peel.
- Knead the dough until perfectly smooth on a floured surface.
- Divide into 12 pieces and shape into buns.
- Set buns well apart on greased and floured baking trays.
- Leave them to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
- Make two slashes on top of each bun to form a cross.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 15-20 min.
- Leave buns to cool on a wire rack.
- While still warm (not hot), brush them with a glaze made from 38 g caster sugar dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water.
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