Sorry I’m a few days late with this folks, it still doesn’t feel like Spring yet but hopefully all of these lovely entries will help to get us through the next few cold grey days.
First up is this fabulously festive entry from Victoria at A Kick At The Pantry Door. She baked Nigella’s easy almond cake initially for Mother’s Day but decided that as the decorations were Spring themed and the cake recipe uses a generous quantity of marzipan that it would be a good entry for this Easter challenge. A good decision and a fantastic looking cake to kick start the challenge.
Smart Cookie Sam sent in Nigella’s old fashioned chocolate cake
. Whilst not a specific Easter recipe this is one of Nigella’s recipes that Sam has been baking at Easter for the past few years and she says that it never lasts long, definitely the sign of a good chocolate cake!
This next entry is an Easter meringue roulade
sent in from It’s A Fine, Fine Life. She adapted Nigella’s lemon meringue cake into a roulade and as well as the lemon curd filling she also added passionfruit. This sounds wonderfully zesty and tangy and a good alternative to chocolate.
Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog took inspiration from Nigella’s basic Victoria sponge recipe and another recent post by a fellow blogger to come up with this hot chocolate Victoria sandwich with vanilla apricots and cream
. She used drinking chocolate powder instead of cocoa and her own homemade vanilla apricot jam for the filling. I’ve never tried baking with drinking chocolate, in fact I didn’t know you could. You really do learn something new with each challenge you host and the cake looks delicious.
Sally from Recipe Junkie & The Attack Of The Custard Creams made a passionfruit curd
and then used this to make Nigella’s lemon meringue cake
but with the passionfruit curd filling instead. She wasn’t sure if she would get the cake blogged in time so wrote a separate post for the curd. I’m glad she did as there’s some useful tips on how to avoid ending up with a pan of fruity scrambled eggs.
Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen felt guilty for not having made any chocolate Easter nests with her kids. I think she more than redeemed herself with these beautiful Easter nest cupcakes. The cupcake recipe is Nigella’s but for the nests she used a traditional recipe that she grew up with in Canada which uses porridge oats and cocoa powder. Also check out the lego man with the bunny ears!
Next up is my entry and I was the only person to make a savoury dish. I did think about making something gooey and chocolatey but my boyfriend said he didn’t fancy chocolate cake (I know, he’s a strange man sometimes) so I had a look at savoury options and came across this kedgeree risotto
. It was perfect as I’d bought some cheap smoked haddock a while ago and it was lurking in the freezer waiting to be eaten.
Finally we have a Simnel Cake
entry from Caroline over at Caroline Makes. She’d never made one before as she’s not a fan of marzipan or fruit cake but was willing to give it a go to share it with her parents over Easter. A brave choice and it looks like the cake turned out beautifully.
A big thank you to everyone who entered the Easter challenge. I don’t think I missed anyone off, I went through all the entries on the linky but just leave me a comment on this post if I did miss any posts.