It’s Still Easter, Even Under Quarantine

We are all struggling to adjust to a new way of living, but we can still keep some things traditional - it's still Easter, even under quarantine.

Easter Sunday LunchEaster is fast approaching and most of us have forgotten about it because of everything that is going on with the COVID-19 virus.

While dealing with the virus is difficult, it doesn’t mean that we should not spend time with our families. What better way to bond with relatives than over Easter? This festive season is all about family.

During these tough times, we don’t want to ignore all the joy and happiness that comes with Easter. Here are some of the ways we can still celebrate this special holiday:

Easter egg hunt

Easter Egg Hunts

Easter egg hunts are a favourite for both kids and adults. This is a great way to have some fun and indulge in some soft and yummy Easter eggs, chocolate and marshmallows.

This Easter, why not set up an Easter egg hunt trail in your garden or home? This is a great way to bring some smiles to your children’s faces, while keeping them safe from the Coronavirus.

Find A Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Hot Cross Buns are a traditional and old school must-have for many South Africans. For those who don’t like the raisins, you can choose to make an option without any.

Get creative with the buns, go for chocolate, gourmet or savoury buns instead of the classic choice.

You can draw some inspiration from the Woolworths TASTE magazine, check this out.

Here’s one of their recipes:

Ingredients:

  • 480 g flour
  • 2 x 10 g instant yeast sachets
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 135 g sultanas and raisins
    For the flour paste:
  • 125 g flour
  • 5 T water
    For the glaze:
  • 65 ml golden syrup
  • 65 ml boiling water

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Combine the flour, yeast, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, lemon zest and dried fruit in a large mixing bowl.

Place the milk and butter in a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Lightly whisk the eggs and vanilla together and add to the dry ingredients, along with the milk and butter mixture.

Gently mix the dough using your hands or a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for 10 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and place in a warm spot for 1½ hours until doubled in size.

After the dough has risen, knock it down to its original size and then roll into 12 evenly shaped buns.

Place the buns on a greased baking tray and cover with clingfilm, leaving enough room for the buns to rise. Allow the buns to rise for another 30 minutes.

To make the flour paste, mix the flour and water together to form a smooth paste, place in a sandwich bag and cut off one of the corners to make a piping bag.

Pipe a cross onto each bun and bake for 15 minutes, or until the buns are golden and cooked through. Glaze the buns while they are still hot.

Source: TASTE Woolworths

Go All Out For Dinner

What is Easter without an amazing dinner? You can gather the family and prepare an amazing dinner for everyone to enjoy.

This could be an amazing opportunity to explore, have fun and enjoy an awesome dinner together.

Decorate

Decorating is the best way to spend time with the family and have some fun. Bring out all the unique decorations, the crafts and last year’s décor. And spend some time making your surrounds festive.

Stay Safe And Enjoy Quality Time With Family

The whole point of this holiday, apart from the traditional meaning, is to spend time with the family and enjoy each other’s company.