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Easter

There are not many recipes I absolutely have to make, year in, year out, at Easter, but my Easter Egg Nest Cake, is absolutely non-negotiable. Think damp, dark, flourless fallen chocolate cake (incidentally, gluten-free) with the dip filled, once the cake has cooled, with whipped cream that has had melted chocolate folded into it, and then dotted with those sweet little pastel-toned, sugar-coated easter eggs. Just thinking about it lifts my heart.

I've also made a happy habit of baking my Lemon Meringue Cake at this time of year too. If, like me, you love lemon meringue pie, but want to make something altogether easier and less challenging, this cake is for you. It just sings of Spring!

There is nothing that says you must make my Kedgeree Risotto at Easter, but I like to, not least because the halved, hard-boiled quails eggs that adorn it give it charm, and are a savoury take on the Easter egg.

But there are some obviously seasonal recipes, and foremost is the Simnel Cake, a light fruit cake, covered in marzipan and decorated with marzipan balls.  If you have people staying with you over the Easter weekend, this is the cake to have in a tin or under a glass dome, looking welcoming in your kitchen, as it keeps well, in the tradition of the cut-and-come-again cake.

Hot Cross Buns are the obvious other trad offering, and although you may never have considered baking your own, it is wonderfully gratifying to do, and they are really not difficult to make. If making your own Hot Cross Buns is not going to happen this year, do not worry. Buy shop-made ones, and use them to replace the gingerbread in my Gingerbread Stuffing or the panettone in my Panettone Stuffing Squares to accompany an Easter Roast. And of course, the Easter Roast is lamb. You can go as old-school as you want here, but I also recommend a light, bright, quick and easy take in the form of a Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Bay Leaves and Balsamic Vinegar. This is quite a new recipe of mine, but I never forget the old faves, and I will certainly be making my Warm Shredded Salad with Mint and Pomegranates this year - again!

Anglo-Asian Lamb Salad
Photo by Lis Parsons
Anglo-Asian Lamb Salad
By Nigella
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Apple and Almond Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Apple and Almond Cake
By Nigella
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Aromatic Lamb Shank Stew
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Aromatic Lamb Shank Stew
By Nigella
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Bulgar Wheat Salad With Pink-Seared Lamb
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Bulgar Wheat Salad With Pink-Seared Lamb
By Nigella
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Butterflied Leg of Lamb With Bay Leaves and Balsamic Vinegar
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Butterflied Leg of Lamb With Bay Leaves and Balsamic Vinegar
By Nigella
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Crispy Lamb Chops
Crispy Lamb Chops
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Crispy Lamb Chops
By Nigella
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Easter Egg Nest Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Easter Egg Nest Cake
By Nigella
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Green Bean and Lemon Casserole
Photo by James Merrell
Green Bean and Lemon Casserole
By Nigella
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Hot Cross Buns
Photo by James Merrell
Hot Cross Buns
By Nigella
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Hummus With Seared Lamb and Toasted Pinenuts
Photo by Lis Parsons
Hummus With Seared Lamb and Toasted Pinenuts
By Nigella
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Kedgeree Risotto
Photo by James Merrell
Kedgeree Risotto
By Nigella
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Lamb Cutlets With Chilli and Black Olives
Photo by Lis Parsons
Lamb Cutlets With Chilli and Black Olives
By Nigella
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Lamb Patties With Hummus and Pitta
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Lamb Patties With Hummus and Pitta
By Nigella
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Lamb With Rosemary and Port
Photo by Lis Parsons
Lamb With Rosemary and Port
By Nigella
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Lemon Meringue Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Lemon Meringue Cake
By Nigella
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Lemon Polenta Cake
Photo by Lis Parsons
Lemon Polenta Cake
By Nigella
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Little Lemon Puddings
Little Lemon Puddings
By Nigella
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Pappardelle With Lamb Ragu
Pappardelle With Lamb Ragu
By Nigella
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Roast Lamb for One
Photo by James Merrell
Roast Lamb for One
By Nigella
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Simnel Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Simnel Cake
By Nigella
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Spring Chicken
Photo by Lis Parsons
Spring Chicken
By Nigella
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Warm Shredded Lamb Salad With Mint and Pomegranate
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Warm Shredded Lamb Salad With Mint and Pomegranate
By Nigella
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Recipe by Trkishdelight

Bezelya (Quick Lamb and Pea Stew)
By Trkishdelight
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Recipe by Anonymous

Bill Grainger's Simple Scones
By Anonymous
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Recipe by Nicole

Bollos Ornazos (Easter Loaves)
By Nicole
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Recipe by sethyoung

Chocolate & Beetroot Brownies
By sethyoung
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Recipe by Mariavil

Chocolate Caramel (Easter) Cake
By Mariavil
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Recipe by Howard

Deep Fried Cadbury Creme Eggs
By Howard
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Recipe by fishy

Easter Bunny Cake
By fishy
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Recipe by WelshRarebit

Easter Truffles
By WelshRarebit
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Recipe by gastrohoover

Greek-Easter Tsoureki
By gastrohoover
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Recipe by fishy

Lemon Bunny Cake
By fishy
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Recipe by Welsh Girl

Lemon Drizzle Cake
By Welsh Girl
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Recipe by DragonGirl

Marbled Easter Eggs
By DragonGirl
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Recipe by Ericthekat

My Mum's Hot Cross Buns
By Ericthekat
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