Easter Celebration ActivitiesApril 10, 2020
Easter is going to be a bit of a different affair this year. We will not gather with our friends and extended family or host a massive Easter Egg hunt in the neighborhood. But that does not mean there are not ways to celebrate this glorious holiday. We will share some of our favorite spins on classic favorites. Who knows? These may just become a new Easter tradition for your family
Cook a Delicious Easter Brunch
Past celebrations may include an Easter Brunch at your favorite restaurant. You may still be able to enjoy your favorite dish from the restaurant as many of our local restaurants are offering carryout and delivery. Or maybe you want to try whipping up a mouthwatering Easter Brunch. We love the idea of getting the whole family involved. Give everyone a task and enjoy family time.
We compiled a couple of our favorite recipes to share with all of you.
Recipe #1: Orange French Toast
- 2 oranges
- 6 slices of raisin bread
- 2 eggs
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 stick (2 tablespoons) butter
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 4 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- Pare the zest from one orange using a zester. Using a small serrated knife, peel both oranges, then cut between the membranes to separate the segments. Reserve the zest and segments.
- Cut the bread slices in half diagonally. Beat the eggs, milk, and cinnamon together in a shallow dish. Heat half the butter and oil in a large saute pan, then quickly dip half the bread triangles in the egg mixture, turning to completely cover, and add to the pan. Cook in a single layer for 4 to 5 minutes, turning once, until golden on both sides. Repeat with the remaining butter, oil, and bread.
- Stack three triangles of bread on each serving plate, add sour cream, orange segments, and orange curls, then dust with sugar and serve.
Recipe #2: Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
- Cooking spray to coat pan
- Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
- In a separate bowl, blend the buttermilk, eggs, and butter. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir by hand until the batter is evenly moistened.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Oil it lightly by brushing or spraying with cooking oil. Drop the pancake batter into the hot pan by large spoonfuls, about 1/4 cup. Leave about 2 inches between the pancakes to allow them to spread.
- Cook on the first side until small bubbles surface on the pancake and the edges are set. Flip and continue to cook the second side.
Blueberry Maple Sauce
- 4 cups blueberries, frozen or fresh
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup maple syrup
- Combine the blueberries and lemon zest in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the juice has been released and the mixture develops a sauce-like consistency.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan, making sure to press all of the juice. out the blueberry mixture. Return the juice to a simmer and add the maple syrup. Simmer over low heat until the syrup is slightly reduced and thickened.
- The syrup is ready to serve now.
An Old-Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt
Easter is just not Easter without a good, old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt. You will just have to get creative this year. Instead of a large neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt, make it a family affair. Have the children participate in one Easter Egg Hunt and then have them hide the eggs and have the adults find the hidden eggs. Or maybe fill an egg with a special token and the finder of that egg wins a special prize.
Have a Bake Off
Easter is the perfect time to bake some special goodies. You could turn this into a friendly, family competition by having two teams that make the same recipe. Then see which team bakes the the most spectacular version. You can judge on presentation, taste, and originality. Do you need ideas for something delicious to bake? There is always the classic Easter cookies but you could attempt something more adventurous like a Lemon Angel Food Cake. Just make it fun because there is no downside to this activity. You get to eat double the goodies!
Dye or Decorate Easter Eggs
This traditional activity of coloring or decorating eggs dates back to the Middle Ages in England. Eggs were dyed using vegetable skins, bark, flowers, and herbs. Thankfully, it is much easier today! It is also fun to pull out leftover craft items from school projects to decorate the eggs. We seem to always have extra felt, paint, and sequins on hand that make decorating extra fun. An added bonus is that once you have enjoyed this time-honored tradition, you can use the hard-boiled eggs to make a delicious egg salad. Yum!
Watch an Easter Movie
Since the Easter we are being asked to remain home, use this opportunity to enjoy your favorite Easter movie with the family. Depending on the age of the children in the house, pick something everyone will enjoy. Just don’t forget the popcorn!