Easter 2019: our top recipes and tips

Easter 2019: our top recipes and tips

by Great British Chefs9 March 2018

Browse our recipes, features and guides for ideas to make this Easter the best weekend of feasting you've ever had. From Simnel cake to succulent roast lamb, we've got all areas of your Easter celebrations covered.

Easter 2019: our top recipes and tips

Browse our recipes, features and guides for ideas to make this Easter the best weekend of feasting you've ever had. From Simnel cake to succulent roast lamb, we've got all areas of your Easter celebrations covered.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews as well as access to some of Britain’s greatest chefs. Our posts cover everything we are excited about from the latest openings and hottest food trends to brilliant new producers and exclusive chef interviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews as well as access to some of Britain’s greatest chefs. Our posts cover everything we are excited about from the latest openings and hottest food trends to brilliant new producers and exclusive chef interviews.

While we've been too busy trying to lose the last of the Christmas weight the seasonal aisles of supermarkets have long since surrendered to the mountains of brightly packaged chocolate eggs which signal that spring is, if not yet here, then at least vaguely appearing on the horizon.

A long weekend awaits, promising good company, great food and, let's face it, questionable weather. Having a couple of extra days either side of the weekend is the best excuse to get in the kitchen and indulge in some leisurely baking, whipping up treats for all the family which, temperature pending, can be enjoyed in the garden after a successful day of egg hunting. Alongside classic bakes such as hot cross buns and the mighty Simnel cake we've also collected some more unusual Easter baking ideas for breads, cakes and puddings. The all important Easter lunch, too, is well covered here, with tips for achieving the perfect roast lamb joint, traditions from around the world and ideas for vegetarian alternatives.

Sunday lunch

While the Christmas turkey is one of the most polarising foodie traditions, the prospect of a sizzling joint of roast lamb on Easter Sunday rarely results in debate. With its initial roots in religious celebrations, lamb is still eaten around the world across the Easter weekend and is the perfect way to see in spring and the glorious produce to follow. We've collected some of our favourite roast lamb recipes to provide inspiration for Easter lunch, as well as some fabulous desserts to round off your meal.

Easter traditions

While we have our buns and Simnel cakes, Easter traditions vary greatly in countries around the world. From sweet Swedish buns to egg pies, olive bread and towering Russian cheesecakes, we've rounded up some of the most popular Easter recipes from around the world to add a little variety to your weekend menu.

Pure and Simnel

From the mighty Simnel cake to chocolate covered nests and lightly spiced carrot cake, we've got your Easter tea table centrepiece sorted.

Spring flours

Whether or not you've struggled through Lent this year, reward yourself for at least surviving the gloomy winter blues to make it to spring with an orgy of baking, whipping and smearing. Use up any spare chocolate eggs or truffles (should you be lucky enough to be left with such things) as decorations for cakes and muffins, or incorporate the classic Easter flavours of plump dried fruit and spice into scones, sweet breads and brownies.