It’s the time of year when you can legitimately eat chocolate. It’s good for you!
That time of year has arrived when it’s obligatory to eat as much chocolate as you can get your hands on, and all calories are officially null and void. Easter is upon us, the Easter bunny has been let loose from Lockdown, and it’s only right and proper that we should indulge ourselves. Chocolate releases endorphins, or happy hormones, and we all deserve those in bucket-loads.
With the longer brighter days and a long weekend to look forward to, it’s the perfect time to bake and share. Celebrations and the usual Easter traditions may still be pared back and rather different to usual, but these chocolatey treats will put a smile on everyone’s face: perfect for groups of six outside, or just to keep to yourself, inside.
Easter chocolate brownie cakes
Grab some mini Easter eggs for a super easy brownie recipe with an Easter twist.
100g dark chocolate (ideally 70% solids)
100g butter, diced
125g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
75g plain flour
2tbsp cocoa powder (or use some malted drink powder of your choice for a malty flavour)
Selection of sugar coated, gold sprayed or malty chocolates to decorate
Preheat your oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4.
Put the chocolate and butter into a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water, and heat until melted.
Take off the heat and stir in the sugar, the heat will help it start to dissolve.
Add the eggs and then mix in the flour and cocoa (or malted drink powder if you’re using it)
Divide between a 12 hole muffin tin (if you’ve got a silicone mould this makes it super easy to remove them, if not use paper muffin cases in a metal tin)
Push 2-3 mini eggs of your choice, either whole or chopped into the batter.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 mins or until just set, you want them to still be slightly gooey in the centre.
Top with more eggs if you would like, if you have some malty bunnies pop them on top whilst still warm, the warmth of the cakes will help them to stick
Leave to cool completely, then remove from the moulds/tin
Sit back and enjoy: it’s an essential part of the roadmap to recovery.
Mr Simms Sweet Shop in Hertford helped with the quest for sugar coated mini eggs, you’ll also find these traditional sweet shops with their jars of sweets across Hertfordshire in Hitchin, Bishop’s Stortford and Ware.
A well-kept Herts chocolate secret…
If you’re still looking for Easter treats and need to stock up before the Easter Bunny arrives on Sunday, one of Hertfordshire’s best kept secrets is Lessiter’s Chocolate Factory in Woolmer Green, near Knebworth. Aptly named The Secret Truffletier, it has been making Swiss chocolates since 1911. Those in the know will have visited the cafe and shop throughout Lockdown, for chocolate essentials to help them through the darkest of days.
There is always an incredible range of truffles and seasonal goodies, made on site at the recently refurbished factory. They are offering a collection service for Easter eggs and figures, check the website for details, so it’s not too late to stock up.
From June 2021, they are resuming their popular chocolate workshops, and check out their blog for an array of tempting recipes such as Rocky Fridge Cake and Chocolate Marble Banana Loaf.
Easter opening times:
Easter Saturday – 9am – 4pm
Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) – Closed
Normal opening times:
Monday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Address: 61 London Road, Woolmer Green, Hertfordshire, SG3 6JE