As most of the nation gears up for a four-day weekend and chocolate overload, bakers are busy whipping up delectable treats for the occasion.
We’ve already seen over-the-top doughnuts and bunny crumpets as well as more traditional fare such as panettone and Colomba cake.
But there’s more to come. Here’s what else is in-store:
Chocolate meets pizza in Asda’s latest seasonal creation – Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza. Described as the perfect afternoon sharing treat (once it’s been popped in the oven for five minutes), it consists of chocolately dough filled with white and milk chocolate chunks, topped with Easter egg sprinkles, chocolate sauce, chocolate curls and mini marshmallows.
“We wanted to create something that brings families together and is a real crowd pleaser for those looking to celebrate all things chocolate,” said Richard Byrne-Price, Asda pizza developer.
La Crème de la Crème
Newcastle-based La Crème de la Crème has created an adorable range of Easter treats. There’s bite-sized Lemon Chick Macarons (£10 for 15) made of a lemon-flavoured macaron shell with lemon crème filling, and Bunny Bread – a milk bread bunny served on vanilla cream (£1 per bunny).
For those looking to share, the bakery has whipped up Chocolate Cake with Chicks Macarons which features a chocolate mirror glaze with chocolate mousse on an almond base, priced at £30. Rounding off the range is the Dulcey Chocolate Tart complete with vanilla Chantilly mascarpone, Easter shortbread and chocolate eggs, also priced at £30.
Bunnies and chicks remain popular in bakery this Easter, both forming part of Krispy Kreme’s range. First up is the strawberry and kreme filled Bunny Bum with meringue cotton tail, priced at £2.20.
There’s also a hatching Lemon Chick with a lemon and kreme filling, and finally a chocolate kreme filled, dipped and decorated Easter egg (£1.90). For a fresh spring doughnut, Krispy Kreme is launching lemon glazed doughnut bites (£3.95 for eight) as well as a lemon glaze and drizzle signature ring (£1.75).
London Hilton on Park Lane
Executive chef Anthony Marshall and last year’s Bake Off: The Professionals champions Emmanuel Bonneau and Sam Leatherby have transformed the hotel’s afternoon tea to include three tiers of Easter delicacies.
The sweet treats include: carrot cake; passion & white chocolate tart; a mandarin & praline log; and mango & vanilla half chocolate egg. They are served alongside a selection of afternoon tea classics such as freshly-baked scones and sandwiches.
Following its Farm Shop & Deli Awards success in which it was named Baker of the Year 2019, Lovingly Artisan has created a spiced apple sourdough for Easter. The double fermented, naturally proved loaf features apple soaked with a splash of rum and spices. It’s best served with lots of butter at breakfast or a crumbling of blue cheese for an afternoon treat, according to the bakery.
Derbyshire-based Stacey’s Bakery has reinvented the Easter classic hot cross bun by creating a chocolate & orange variant, complete with a chocolate cross.
“The new recipe uses only the finest quality dark Belgian chocolate, so when the chocolate chips melt, it brings a completely fresh dimension to the warm citrus notes of a toasted hot cross bun,” said owner David Stacey. “This new flavour reinvents the hot cross bun and gives our customers a new choice for their Easter treats.”
For those seeking a break from the chocolate-laden treats this Easter, Walkers Shortbread is offering buttery Mini Lemon Shortbread Eggs. Designed for gifting and sharing, the shortbread is available in a 3D bunny carton filled with 36 biscuits for an rsp of £2.65.