Easter is coming! You can really tell it’s almost here—spring’s in full bloom, Easter bunnies and toys on store racks, and Easter eggs in the neighborhood bakery. With just a few days left, it’s time to start thinking about things to do around Easter day.
But, before you start stressing out about having the perfect Easter celebration, let’s dive in to what it means to observe this beautiful holiday. Easter is a time for reflection on the very event that Christian faith is founded upon: Jesus’ death and resurrection through which we find eternal life. Although this is something that we live by every single day of the year, it’s a beautiful thing to take a week to truly reflect on the finished work of the cross and remind our hearts of all the amazing things He endured and overcame on our behalf, so we have the goodness of life in every regard.
Ever since, we had Zoe (literal meaning: “eternal life”), holidays have all been about keeping / establishing traditions and I’m sure those with kids do relate to this. I’ve said this before, and I will say it again, food is a very special part of every holiday tradition and so here are some meaningful but really fun food you can whip up in very little time wit minimal effort. If you know me, easy peasy lemon squeezy is always my style of cooking, and so without further ado, here’re my 4 picks for the Easter food platter this year round.
Like Billy Graham said, “Without the resurrection, the cross is meaningless. The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin—but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.” Since the celebration centers around the cross, why not keep that as the focus of our food platter and dining table conversations the Lenten season. I bet your kids will love it.
- Cross Fruit platter / Fruit Chaat
This is is the easiest and the most fun to do with kids. Ample opportunity for the kids to pitch in and help with the prep. Arrange the fruits in the form of a cross. You can use darker shade of fruits on the outside and apple slices to create the cross sign, just to demonstrate how the cross makes us pure again.
Cut strips of fruits to form the outline of the cross. You can go for other popular shapes as well: bunny, peeping chicken, Easter egg shapes for the fruit platter. Be sure to include a good variety of fruits. You can garnish with a custard pudding if you want to use this as a dessert or with chaat masala to use as starter. You can even do this with vegetable as a salad platter. Really simple. Involves no cooking. Tastes lovely and adds so much character to the Easter table.
- DIY Savory Easter eggs
Hard boil eggs of any kind (chicken, quail etc.,.)
Slit them horizontally and prop up with a tooth pick or carrorts. Add some mustard seed eyes so it looks like a little chick. Garnish with salt and pepper.
You can also add rose shaped carrots, so it looks like ‘Spring on a plate’ 🙂
- Bunny Dosa / Golgotha Pancakes
Use a ready made pancake mix like the Slurrpfarm one I’ve used or make some from scratch.
Here’ s how I usually make mine: Mix: 2 eggs, ½ cup milk, 1.5 cups flour, brown / white sugar, and a pinch of salt. Butter your tawa and draw shape of bunnies, eggs etc., I’ve drawn the Golgotha scene with the 3 crosses (Jesus & the 2 thieves) and it was a wonderful opportunity to narrate the whole scene.
You can also create shapes using a squeezy bottle and dosa flour. Or make plain round dosa/pancakes and then cut it out.
- Resurrection buns /rolls
This, I was honestly very excited about doing, ever since I learnt about it. This Resurrection Roll is super easy to make and it brings with it the ultimate meaning of Easter Sunday.
Well, before going into the oven, each roll is stuffed with a large marshmallow. Throughout the baking process, it disappears! Sound familiar?
Simply roll marshmallows in a cinnamon-sugar coating and wrap them up snuggly in strips of puff pastry. Then see what happens when the rolls bake!It’s a terrific, simple recipe to make with the kids. Here’s how you can narrate: The marshmallows represent the body of Jesus. These are dipped in oil and spices to represent the burial. And are wrapped in white and placed inside the pastry dough tomb (You can use a bun recipe to bake buns as well, and the tomb effect is seen really well in that case). Once baked You will see a hollow pastry puff. The fluffy treat vanishing from the bread symbolizes the way Jesus vanished from the tomb. However, while Christ paid for the sins of humanity and ascended into heaven, the marshmallow simply leaves a sugary finish on the cinnamon-infused crescent roll. It’s enough to excite even the pickiest kids! Don’t miss out on this meaningful appetizer when Easter rolls around. It’s significant, tasty, and easy to make. He is risen!
RecipeMakes 8 rolls.8 large marshmallows1/4 cup butter melted3 tablespoon sugar3 tablespoons cinnamon300 g puff pastry dough1. Mix sugar and cinnamon, If you don’t like the overpowering smell of Cinammon, you can reduce it according to your preference.2. Unroll puff pastry dough, and seperate each roll. If it’s clumped up together you can dust some flour and roll it thin. Cut into long triangles. Make 8 triangles.3. Roll marshmallows in melted butter, and then in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place one coated marshmallow in the middle of the dough segment, and roll the marshmallow until completely covered by the dough, pushing in sides as you go. Pinch seams on either end to seal each roll. Brush with butter.4. Place rolls on a baking pan, and bake at 350˚ for about 12-15 minutes.5. Immediately after removing rolls from the oven, brush with remaining melted butter and then sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve warm.
Hope you all have a happy and meaningful Easter celebration.
Share in comments what Easter traditions / food traditions you have and do tag me on Instagram @TheGraceLog if you try any of these or just to show me your Easter platters. I’ll be sure to share