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Easter, a festival in the Christian calendar, is almost here and there are lots of great treats to make. Hot Cross Buns are a favourite of many. These buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the crucifixion. There is a great recipe for Hot Cross Buns on p. 408 of The Food Book.

Hot cross buns

While cooking with yeast can be quite daunting for some, it is not too difficult, and the feasting on home-made Hot Cross Buns makes it all worthwhile! You can easily substitute the currants for dried cranberries – a delicious, tangy alternative. For the non-traditionalists, replace the dried fruits with chopped up chocolate for an extra decadent treat.

Chocolate is also synonymous with Easter. There are lots of chocolate treats that you can make at Easter. What are your favourites? Many people make homemade Easter eggs or you could select any of the scrumptious chocolate recipes from The Food Book. Try the Rum Balls (p. 376), Chocolate Truffles (p. 377) or the Brownies (p. 388) as an easy-to-make and very impressive treat. If you want a super-quick chocolate treat, make the Hot Chocolate drink on p. 457.

For those looking for a delicious seafood option for Good Friday, there are lots of great fish dishes. Scallops cooked on the barbie served with a green salad is a delicious and quick option:

Mix together the following and brush over 12 scallops:

–  30 ml soy sauce
–  juice and zest of one lime
–  ½ teaspoon salt
–  2 tablespoons of finely chopped coriander
–  50 ml olive oil
–  one finely chopped red chilli

Cook scallops on barbecue for 1-2 minutes until golden and turn over and cook for another minute. Serve immediately with salad for a mouth-watering treat.

What other seafood ideas do you have for Good Friday? Or do you have other much-loved recipes for Easter?