Friday 20 July 2018

Indulgent Easter recipes for all the family

Easter is one of those annual events in which we all slow down and enjoy some seriously good home cooking.

Most importantly, this is a time to get together with family, and there’s no better way to spend quality time together than in the kitchen with your little helpers.

For Sharon Hearne-Smith- food stylist, writer and SuperValu Ambassador- Easter is all about getting together with friends and family for a delicious meal.

“Easter for me, as always, is centred around food! Our new season offerings bring fresh vibrancy to the table which of course draws friends and family together to celebrate, create and continue tradition,” she says.

“I love the excitement of Easter egg hunts and games, and not to mention the sweet treat kitchen creations all of that chocolate is calling out for!”

As someone who knows how to get kids into the kitchen with two little girls of her own, she has developed many easy, delicious recipes that kids will love to make (and eat). Her No-Bake Chocolate Granola Easter Nests will delight your little helpers this Easter, and making them together is a great way to spend your long weekend.

To achieve exceptional flavour in her recipes Sharon has used products from Supervalu’s Signature Tastes range. All products in this range are developed with the guidance of SuperValu’s expert suppliers using only the finest quality ingredients, ensuring the best result in the kitchen.

No-Bake Chocolate Granola Easter Nests

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Makes 8

"These nests are a fun recipe to get the kids involved with making. The chocolate works as the ‘glue’, so there is no baking involved. Use up excess Easter chocolate instead of the bars of chocolate if preferred. I like to use the SuperValu Signature Tastes Hazelnut Black Forest Granola in my nests, but you can choose from the Pink Berry & Coconut Crisp and Multiseed Honey & Almond granolas instead if preferred. It’s best not to fill or decorate the chocolate nests until you’re ready to serve."

Prep time: 10 minutes + 30 minutes chill time

  • 200g SuperValu Signature Tastes Milk or Dark Chocolate (or mixture of both)
  • 200g SuperValu Signature Tastes Hazelnut Black Forest Granola
  • For the filling:
  • 125g mascarpone cheese
  • 150g low-fat natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp SuperValu Signature Tastes Maple Syrup
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract

To decorate:

  • 100g fresh mixed berries
  • 50g mini chocolate eggs
  • 25g pink and white mini marshmallows

Line eight holes of a muffin tin with paper cases and set aside.

Snap the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave in 30-second blasts until melted. Remove and stir the granola through until evenly coated, then divide evenly between the cases (about 50g in each one). Use a small spoon to spread each one into a nest shape that comes about two-thirds of the way up the sides of the cases. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, until set firm. These can be prepared up to a week in advance and kept covered in the fridge.

Beat the mascarpone in a medium bowl to loosen. Add the yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla seeds or extract and stir until smooth and well blended.

Once the nests have set, remove the paper cases and arrange the nests on serving plates. Divide the filling evenly between the nests. Arrange a selection of fresh mixed berries, mini chocolate eggs and marshmallows on top of each one and serve at once.

Tip: Use all fruit instead of including the mini eggs and marshmallows on top for a healthier treat that you can make all year round.

Indulgent Chocolate Easter Cake

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While the kids are tucking into their Easter Nests, adults can enjoy something a little more grown up. Sharon’s Indulgent Chocolate Easter Cake is exactly that; a dense, rich chocolate cake smothered in a glossy chocolate ganache, garnished with a delicate chocolate nest and dotted with truffles.

This cake may be the last word in decadence but the recipe is easy to follow and guaranteed to garner a lot of ‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahs’ when you unveil it for dessert. This is one of those recipes you are going to want to bookmark for future special occasions; it has complete wow-factor thanks to its spectacular decorations, tastes amazing and most importantly, is easy to make when you have guests coming around to celebrate. We suggest this sumptuous cake is best enjoyed with a few pots of tea (or cups of smooth espresso) whilst sitting around the kitchen table with all of your nearest and dearest this Easter- just don’t be surprised if there are no leftovers.

Serves 12 to 14

"This cake is ideal for an Easter family gathering or celebration. While it might look challenging, it’s actually straightforward and easy to make. Kids will love to get involved with making the chocolate nest. The 12 truffles are representative of the 12 apostles, as used on a traditional Easter Simnel cake as marzipan balls. Use up excess Easter chocolate instead of the bars of chocolate if preferred."

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 40 to 45 minutes

  • 225g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g SuperValu Signature Tastes Dark or Milk Chocolate (or a mixture of both)
  • 375g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 375ml full-fat milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the nest:

  • 50g SuperValu Signature Tastes Dark or Milk Chocolate (or a mixture of both)
  • A little sunflower oil, for greasing

For the ganache:

  • 100ml cream
  • 200g SuperValu Signature Tastes Dark or Milk Chocolate (or a mixture of both)

To decorate:

  • 12 chocolate truffles
  • 2 x 72g packs of golden mini chocolate eggs

To serve:

  • Softly whipped cream or crème fraîche

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round, loose-bottomed cake tins, line the bases with non-stick baking paper and grease again. Set the tins aside on a baking sheet.

To make the cake, cut the butter into pieces and bash the chocolate. Place the butter and chocolate in a medium bowl and set over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave in 30-second blasts until melted. Remove and leave to cool a little.

Meanwhile, sift the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Toss the sugar through and make a well in the centre. Beat the eggs in a jug, then stir in the milk and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into the centre of the dry ingredients along with the melted chocolate mixture. Mix everything together until smooth and well combined.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins (about 860g per tin), spread smooth with the back of a spoon and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Carefully remove from the tins and leave on a wire rack until completely cool.

Supervalu Signature Tastes

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Feeling inspired by Sharon’s delicious Easter treats? You can purchase all the Signature Tastes ingredients for these recipes in-store or online and have them delivered to your door. With neighbours popping in for a cuppa and friends dropping by to say happy Easter, now is the perfect time stock up your pantry with some delicious treats you can whip out for those unexpected moments. SuperValu’s Signature Tastes cakes and mini treats are 2 for €8, and perfect for entertaining. 

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