9 Apr 2020

Easter treats to make during lockdown

10:48 am on 9 April 2020

Nothing else reminds us of Easter more than the smell of fresh hot cross buns and sweet treats.

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Hot cross buns are a staple of New Zealand Easters. Photo: Supplied

We may be in lockdown this Easter weekend, but you can still do your own baking at home.

Whether it's baking hot cross buns the traditional way or giving them a modern-day twist, we've got you covered with some of RNZ's great Easter recipes.

We understand there is a flour shortage at the moment - so this is for those who have flour.

Our most popular recipe - Yael Shochat's Hot Cross Buns

Freshly spiced, fruit-loaded hot cross buns made by the Auckland restaurant Ima have long been in hot demand.

Chef Yael Shochat shared her recipe with Jesse Mulligan in 2018, and they've been one of the most popular recipes on our site ever since.

Read Yael's full recipe here.

Allyson Gofton's Classic Hot Cross Buns

Traditionally hot cross buns were baked on Good Friday only, stemming from a belief that bread cooked on particular days was lucky.

Although that belief has died out, the buns remain popular, being tied in with the Easter tradition and because they are delicious.

Allyson Gofton shared her classic recipe for the spicy bun with us in 2009.

Read Allyson's full recipe here.

Bet Gee's Hot Cross Brioche Buns

Hot Cross Brioche Buns

Hot Cross Brioche Buns Photo: photo credit Lottie Hedley

Bernadette Gee has a love of baking that goes back to when her daughter was a wee one and she was a young adult.

She shared her recipes for hot cross brioche buns, and an allergy-friendly version with Nine to Noon last year.

Read Bernadette's full recipe here.

Don't forget to try our allergy-friendly Hot Cross Brioche Buns as well.

No-bake Chocolate Easter Egg Slice

VJ Cooks Easter Egg Slice

VJ Cooks Easter Egg Slice Photo: VJ Cooks

Vanya Insull aka VJ Cooks needed to do something for Easter last year so she decided to have fun with one of her no bake slices off her website.

She included sprinkles, caramello eggs and smarties on top to make it look the part.

Read Vanya's recipe here.

Baked Chocolate Easter Tart

If you'd rather test your skills to make a tart this Easter, Paula Saengthian-Ngam shared her recipe for baked chocolate Easter tart with Jesse Mulligan in 2015.

Read Paula's recipe here.

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