Natural egg dyes, braided bread, lemon shortbread and other good ideas for Easter

lemon shortbread with lemon marmalade

My Easter plans are a little slow in forthcoming this year as I’ve been distracted by our forays into making maple syrup – our newest urban homesteading project. Look for a full post from Danny soon on our backyard sugar bush adventures later; we’re giddy with our progress.

Easter is a fantastic excuse to entertain and I will definitely be gathering a few friends and family around for brunch or lunch. The boys and I had a chance to bake cookies in adorable little bunny and chick shapes and make the thumbprint shortbread cookies above.

The rest of the menu will be inspired from the archives and a few old favorites I rediscovered when putting together this round-up. Of course, maple syrup will be the spotlight ingredient of the brunch.

Perhaps you’ll find an idea or two below for your Easter table.

Naturally-dyed Easter eggs

Naturally-dyed Easter eggs

For starters, you’re going to need a pretty centerpiece of naturally-dyed Easter eggs. Is there any other way to go when one can achieve these striking hues of purple and blue? You probably already have most of these ingredients on hand (coffee, blueberries, tumeric…) so plan for a little crafting afternoon with the kids.

Ten Simple Ways to Instantly Be a Better Host

If you are entertaining for Easter, allow me to share ten very simple ways you can make a good impression on your guests and improve their experience. Granted these are minor details,  but that is the beauty of it – they are all completely doable. Your guests will leave knowing that they have been well cared for by an attentive host.

Easter egg braided bread

Easter Bunch

I adore hosting Easter Brunch, and serving up fruity cocktails, a baked ham, and fat asparagus spears. Of course, I must pull something beautiful and yeasty out of the oven or it just isn’t brunch.

The beautiful, Cardamom-Scented Braided Easter Bread pictured above is worthy of the table center whether you decide to decorate it with coloured eggs or not. A few more good ideas would be:

teabread3

These Squash & Parmesan Crustless Mini Quiches are a good alternative to sweet breads if you want to add a gluten-free dish to your brunch menu.

squash mini quiche

There’s plenty more brunch ideas in last year’s round-up, and as always, the ever-lovin’ Pinterest