Easter Treats

It’s Easter.  A time to remember the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us, to save us from our sins.  Also, I think, a time to celebrate – that we have been given the wonderful gift of eternal life after death. 

This page is about Easter Treats.

When you think of easter treats, what are the first things that come to mind?  Easter eggs to gorge and yummy hot cross buns to stuff ourselves on before the big easter lunch.  Well, I think I’ve had my fill of hot cross buns.  This year I’m opting for something different: Koesksisters:   de-li-cious!

For those of you who do not know what koeksisters are, here is a quote from http://www.justeasyrecipes.co.za/2009/08/27/koeksisters/ (a page on a FANTASTIC South African recipes website that I stumbled upon only the other day):

A traditional South African treat, koeksisters are wickedly sweet and make for a delicious tea time treat. So roll up your sleeves, follow this easy recipe and get ready to work that dough!

I made my syrup and dough.  I left them to settle and rise (respectively) for the allocated time.  I rolled my dough into long sausages rather than doing the ribbon plaits (I found it easier) and then folded them over and twisted them, pinching the two ends together.  I deep-fried them ,two at a time, making sure the oil is hot (or all they do is soak up the oil – ew!).  Once done (it only takes a couple of minutes each side – they float to the top), I removed them and drained them on a paper towel for a couple of seconds before plunging into the prepared syrup (they must still be hot or they won’t absorb the syrup).  After a couple more minutes, I removed them, placed them onto a dish and then into the fridge to cool completely.  I have to say:  THEY WERE SCRUMPTIOUS!!

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There are certain Easter traditions that I love.  My favourite, especially now that my daughter is old enough to appreciate it, is the Easter egg hunt.  Can you believe the commercialism of easter these days?  Easter eggs are SO expensive and we have to get them so that our little munchkins have a happy day!  Anyway, I bought a variety of them.  Then I happened to be in a shop a couple of days ago and found a silicon Easter egg mould.  I was delighted and bought it immediately.  Unfortunately, when I arrived back home, I realised that there was no way I could make a hollow egg with this mould as the halves did not fold over to meet.  I decided to cut the mould into individual halves.  Then I could join them and create some hollow eggs.  It took a few attempts but I eventually got it right.

I made three eggs, one for each of us, for this was going to be a family affair 🙂  We each decorated our eggs with a simple icing mix in different colours and whatever decorations we deemed fit for the occasion.  Below is the result:

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Of course the eggs were devoured almost immediately so I will have to make some more to decorate – our Easter day fun!

Now, I figured that it would be nice to have an Eastery-feel to our easter day lunch so I am going to make these wonderful desserts:  Chocolate Mousse in Easter Egg nests.  The recipe is on my recipes website at: http://love4food.yolasite.com/desserts.php

I will update the page with some pictures once I have made them.

Copyright  © 060412 by Karen Payze


  1. Em

    Thank you, and Happy Easter to you. The food looks dangerous and very hard to resist. Enjoy the holiday.

    • Thank you and Happy Easter to you too 🙂

  2. Just a quick note re the love4food.yolasite.com link. It is currently not working as I am having problems with my yolasite. I have started a new site and will transfer all recipes in due course. In the meantime, I have completed the page for the mousse eggs. The link is: http://love4food.webeden.co.uk/#/chocolate-mousse-easter-eggs/4562864089 Use this link to get the mousse eggs recipe.



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