Easter eggs, spiced hot cross buns, marzipan-topped Simnel cake – is there any other time of year, apart from Christmas, that is so celebratory foodie? Of course, we don’t mean to forget the true meaning of Easter, but you have to admit that if you’re in the tiniest bit sweet-toothed (and especially if you’re a child), Easter is amazing. And if you’re not, there’s always spring lamb on Easter Sunday – delicious studded with rosemary and garlic, and lashings of redcurrant jelly and mint sauce.
What makes it even nicer is that many of the recipes are rooted in tradition. Did you know that hotcross buns, which are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, are thought to have been invented by the Christians in ancient Rome? Or that the Simnel Cake, which is rich with fruits, spices and marzipan, signifies the end of fasting and the period of Lent? Or that exchanging Easter eggs symbolises new life and fertility? Turns out it’s not all about Thornton’s after all!