Grandma's homemade Easter dessert recipes can help you to make perfect treats for your holiday celebration. You are sure to enjoy the delicious old fashioned dessert cakes, cookies, and traditional sweet breads. Use the vintage Easter Egg recipes to make homemade Chocolate Easter Eggs suitable for gift giving and Easter Egg hunts. Everybody who tries them raves about how good they taste.
The word "Easter" likely comes from the early German word eostarun, which means "dawn." This is fitting as Easter celebrates the early morning Resurrection of Jesus on the first day of the week following his death by crucifixion on Good Friday. (Gospel of Mark 15-16).
Many European Christians call Easter "Pasha" from the Hebrew word pesah, which means "Passover." Jesus celebrated the Jewish Passover with His disciples shortly before he was arrested by the Roman soldiers and later executed.
Passover is a yearly remembrance of how God delivered the Jewish people from slavery in early Egypt (Exodus 12). Christians view Easter as a type of Passover since Jesus delivered us from eternal death and freed us from being a slave to sin through His sacrificial death and Resurrection.
Easter is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, which could be anytime between March 22 and April 25; whereas the Jewish Passover is observed in March or April, on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan.
Easter dessert recipes and special foods have been long associated with Easter. In medieval England, Tansie Recipes were prized by cooks, as "tansies" were a favorite Easter dish that resembled a fruit-flavored, custard-like pancake. They were garnished with bitter-tasting leaves from the tansie herb symbolic of the "bitter herbs" of the Passover meal.
Easter is the major Christian festival of the year. Most North American Christians observe Easter Day by attending a Sunday church service that's followed by a large family dinner consisting of roast lamb. Fancy dessert cakes, cookies, and candy treats make the meal special.
On Easter morning, the children enjoy hunting for candy Easter Eggs and chocolate Easter Bunnies which are hidden throughout the house by their parents. In Grandma's day, hen's eggs were dyed in multicolors by tieing onion skins around the eggs with string and boiling them. The colored eggs were then eaten for breakfast early on Sunday morning.
Did you know the world's largest Easter Egg is in the town of Vegreville in Alberta, Canada? Made of multicolored aluminum triangles, it is 7.8 meters long (25.7 feet), 5.6 meters wide (18.3 feet), and stands 9.6 meters high (31.6 feet), and it weighs over 2300 kilograms (5000 lbs).
It's called Pysanka, the Ukrainian term for Easter Egg. The sculpture's dedication plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, while on a royal tour in 1978.
The Pysanka photo above was taken by my late mother-in-law, Helen Fleming, on one of her holiday trips across Canada.
This year, the whole family can have fun learning how to make their own Easter Eggs, and chocolate lovers of all ages will enjoy being given homemade eggs that are chocolatey delicious and so very easy to make.
You'll also find a recipe for making authentic hot cross buns. These uniquely decorated buns are traditionally served at Easter time and, believe me, the homemade ones taste better than any you could buy. You'll want to eat them as a treat year-round.