Holiday time is upon us so why not spend quality time whipping up a little Easter magic with your budding junior chefs?
Keeping the kids entertained this Easter might be easier than you think, we have plenty of fun and creative recipes created to keep children involved every step of the way.
This is possibly the easiest cheesecake you will ever make, but when cooking with kids that's sometimes exactly what you need. Older children will be able to follow most of these steps without adult help, whereas young children will simply love filling the nests with mini eggs, sprinklings of coconut, hundreds & thousands and fluffy chicks.
White rabbit biscuits
Whether you're looking to complete the whole recipe with a slightly older child, or you're prepared to let your little ones decorate your hard work, this is a lovely project for children of all ages. From mixing the cake mixture, slicing Creme eggs, crushing up chocolates and loading the brownies - this is a sure cure for holiday boredom.
Easter egg brownies
If you're looking for a quick, simple and easy project to keep the kids occupied, then you need look no further than these perfect chocolate cornflake cakes. They won't take you long to make, but you can always get creative and load with little eggs, chicks or sweets. The recipe has been specifically written for children to follow, so if you're cooking with older children you might even be able to relax with a cup of tea.
Introduce your child to the art of meringue making at a tender age, and who knows what beauties they'll be knocking up once they reach their teens? Get the children to help you make the meringues, then let them decorate the chicks by themselves. You might end up with a few that look like Angry Birds, but that's all part of the fun.
This chocolate cake is a more child-friendly version of a traditional simnel cake, made with chocolate and truffles instead of marzipan. Older children will enjoy getting stuck into the various stages of this cake, while younger kids will love making the truffles. Plus, they're sure to soak up the glory come Easter lunch...
Kids will love mixing, rolling and cutting out these cookie pops. Let them decorate with buttercream and yellow-tinted desiccated coconut and chocolate chips to make fluffy chicks that are almost too cute to eat (but not quite).
The words 'double chocolate' are guaranteed to pique your little one's interest - and baking these irresistible little sponge cakes in flowerpots only adds to the fun. Decorate with rice paper daisies to finish the effect.
Chocolate chip hot cross buns
Spend an afternoon indoors and fill your home with the aroma of sugar, spice and melting chocolate with this lovely Easter recipe. The writing in bold is for the kids, and there are steps for them to follow throughout the method. As well as kneading, shaping and piping, little chefs can also practise their division skills.
What kid isn't going to fall in love with Frances Quinn's fridge cake creation? This magical Easter recipe has been written especially for kids, and has been timed to hold their concentration throughout. The 'nest' is made from a scrumptious mix of pretzels, peanuts and raisins, and filled with shiny chocolate eggs. The children are bound to draw an admiring crowd when they bring this little beauty to the table...
Make these pretty biscuit lollies as gifts for friends, or use them as place names on your Easter table. Making them will keep the kids entertained for a good hour then there is lots of food colouring fun to be had so you might want to arm younger kids with some handy plastic aprons.
This recipe is a great one for slightly older chefs, as turning the mini eggs into little chicks is quite a fiddly business, but well worth the effort. Children are sure to be absorbed in this project for hours and they'll be delighted with the results as well as the taste!
Kids will adore making these crackin' cress heads and can get as creative as they like when it comes to decorating - no idea is too big or too small. The cress hair will start flowing in a few days, and you can always give your creation a stylish haircut if you want to indulge in an egg and cress sandwich or two.
Want to keep your buns traditional? The smallest of hands can get involved with this simple hot cross bun recipe, and these little beauties are worth making for the aroma alone. Help the kids practise their stirring, rolling and measuring skills, then settle around the table for a warming afternoon treat of homemade buns slathered in butter.