Easter is a special time of year; especially for children. You can make it fun and memorable by having the kids help in the kitchen. Older children can assist in preparing the Easter meal while the younger ones can focus on a simple, kid-friendly food project. Dying eggs is a tried-and-true Easter favorite, but there are a many other creative ways to turn traditional treats into scrumptious Easter edibles while creating new family memories.
Easter Treat Lollipops
Instead of making the usual, square-shaped rice cereal and marshmallow treats, use Easter-shaped cookie cutters. Cut the treats into holiday shapes such as chicks, bunnies or eggs. Once the treats have cooled, insert a Popsicle stick and let the kids decorate with icing, sprinkles or other candies.
Easter Peeps S’mores
Replace those traditional s’mores marshmallows with Easter Peeps! Just soften the Peeps in the microwave for approximately 10 seconds (each microwave will vary), combine with a piece of bar chocolate, and place the ingredients between two graham crackers. Those chewy, sugary Peeps will taste delicious and look oh so festive!
Bird Nest Cupcakes
Prepare your favorite cupcake recipe. Then, when it’s time to decorate, place a thin layer of chocolate icing over the cupcake. This will allow the remaining decorations to stick to the cupcake. Then, pipe a thick layer of chocolate icing around the outer edge of the cupcake so it resembles a nest. Finally, place a few candied mini-eggs inside the ring of chocolate icing to complete the birds nest.
L’Ecole Culinaire can turn kitchen-time fun with the kids into a regular event for your family. At our St. Louis campus register for our Basic Baking – Beginner classes where kids, under the supervision of our professional chef instructors, can learn to bake cookies, muffins, cupcakes and much more. Our monthly Saturday afternoon classes are designed for budding chefs ages 5-12. Learn more and register at http://www.lecole.edu.