20 recipes to get you excited about Easter

Easter is a highlight of the food calendar, and who doesn't love roast lamb and hot cross buns? But when you've got two bank holidays and your house is chock-a-block with chocolate that you can use as an ingredient, why not try cooking something new? Whether hanging out in the kitchen is your idea of egg-cellent Easter fun or you're looking for quick recipes that leave you plenty of time to watch Easter Parade while you unwrap that fifth Easter egg, we've got recipes for you – from Easter lunch to Sunday brunch, cakes to traybakes.

Mini egg blondies

Make Easter egg treats

Go the extra mile with your Easter eggs and turn them into something amazing!

  1. Mini egg blondies – their toffee flavour and fudgy texture make them the perfect Easter treat for house guests and kids alike.

  2. Easter egg nests – the easiest Easter treats you can make; you don't need much more than chocolate, cornflakes, and, er, mini eggs!

  3. Homemade Easter eggs – why not make your own and cut back on the packaging? You can even personalise the decoration!

Easter egg nests

Give eggs a new twist

Easter is all about eggs, so why not have them for lunch or dinner?

  1. Yorkshire pudding wrap – turn Easter Sunday lunch on its head by wrapping a Yorkshire pud around your favourite hot fillings. This one's stuffed with cheese and roasted veggies.

  2. Fried eggs and green salsa on tortilla chips – otherwise known as chilaquiles, this Mexican brunch classic of fried tortillas topped with eggs is perfect for Easter.

  3. Egg fu yung wrap – spice up your omelette with this Taiwanese-style egg wrap, flavoured with sweet chilli and light soy sauces.

Yorkshire pudding wrap

If you love all things chocolate

Why stop at chocolate eggs?

  1. Double chocolate brownies – a double hit of the good stuff!

  2. Chocolate bark – if you have too many Easter eggs, melt them down and make them fabulous with this easy recipe.

  3. Italian strawberry and chocolate cake – a great way to use up leftover Easter eggs, this gooey cake is a lovely pud or afternoon treat with a cuppa.

Double chocolate brownies

Try these classic Easter treats

If Easter is all about hot cross buns and Easter biscuits in your house...

  1. Hot cross buns – surprisingly easy to make and your kitchen will smell amazing!

  2. Simnel cake – the original and best Easter cake from the queen of cakes, Mary Berry.

  3. Easter biscuits – easy to make and everyone will love them!

  4. Sicilian lemon and orange sweet bread – a citrus-infused bread, topped with toasted almonds, based on the flavours of the classic Italian Colomba di Pasqua.

Hot cross buns

Go big on brunch

Whether you like your eggs Spanish, Mexican or American style, here's some best ever Easter breakfasts.

  1. An outstanding egg sandwich – make eggs the star of the show with the ultimate breakfast butty.

  2. Breakfast burrito – spice up breakfast! Make the toppings the night before for a quick and easy Mexican feast.

  3. Flamenco eggs – chorizo, serrano ham, tomatoes and eggs cosy up together in this simple one-pan breakfast.

An outstanding egg sandwich

For the big Easter lunch

Fancy classic roast lamb or want to try something new this Easter? There's something here for you.

  1. Slow-roast lamb shoulder – a good value roast for feeding a crowd; cook it low and slow and it will be lovely and tender.

  2. Easter pavlova – this pretty pavlova is sure to impress, and it can be made in advance so there'll be no last-minute panic.

  3. Torta pasquale – an Italian classic that's perfect for vegetarians; try it for an al fresco lunch if the weather plays ball.

  4. Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding – use up slightly stale buns with this relaxed dessert.

Slow roast lamb shoulder