Grandma's old fashioned Easter dessert recipes will make perfect treats for your Easter Holiday celebrations. You are sure to enjoy the delicious homemade dessert cakes, cookies, traditional sweet breads, and hot cross buns.
Also make homemade Chocolate Easter Eggs suitable for gift giving and Easter Egg hunts. Everybody raves about how good these treats taste!
Your family will enjoy learning how to decorate their own Easter Eggs, and chocolate lovers of all ages can enjoy making chocolate eggs that are so chocolatey and delicious.
There's also old fashioned Easter dessert recipes for sweet and spicy
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 might want to eat them as a treat year-round!
Decorating Easter Eggs
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. Afterwards, fancy dessert cakes, cookies, and candy treats are enjoyed.
Early 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. (See the page on How to Decorate Easter Eggs for easy instructions.) The colored eggs were then eaten for breakfast early on Easter 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's 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 pounds).
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.
The word Easter likely comes from the early German word eostarun, which means sunrise. 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).
To most of the world's non English speaking Christians, Easter is more accurately known as Pascha, an Aramaic word derived from the Hebrew word Pesach, 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. Tansie Recipes were prized by cooks in Medieval England, as "tansies" were a favorite Easter dish that resembled a fruit-flavored, custard-like pancake.
Tansies were garnished with bitter-tasting leaves from the tansie herb symbolic of the "bitter herbs" of the Passover meal.