Rabbits are a-leaping, daffodils are sprouting and Creme Eggs are tempting. After months of seeing Easter themed goodies on shelves, our favourite yellow-clad holiday is finally here. And with bank holidays in abundance, there is no better time to bring in some extra business. Whether you specialise in breakfasts, bakery or beer, here’s some recipes to spruce up your menu.
Brunch at the diner- ££
With the rise of diners and other trendy haunts, pancakes are no longer reserved just for Pancake Day. Make your brunches Easter perfect by cracking a few Creme Eggs upon a fresh stack. The sugary yolk will cause knees to tremble- and there’s no need to ask if they are over-easy or sunny side up! Milk, plain flour, eggs (obvs) and a little oil is all you need. Wanting to go that extra mile by offering a savoury option? Inject simple lemon pancakes with steamed asparagus- a Spring staple.
Sugar fix at the coffee shop- £
Forget chocolate nests! As cool as old school is, you need something more impressive if you want to entice those Easter shoppers. The supermarkets are all over limited edition hot cross buns right now, so why not bake your own? Whip up a base recipe using flour, caster sugar, yeast, butter, milk, egg, salt and mixed fruit- then get creative! Dark chocolate served with a pod of orange marmalade will give your buns that beautiful Terry’s Chocolate Orange flavour. Sell off your festive flavoured syrups by offering a choccie topped eggnog latte.
Lunch at the pub- ££
Nothing says Springtime quite like a succulent lamb; how about a juicy pot pie to head up your specials board? If your budget will allow, accompany the dish with creamy colcannon mash (leeks, cabbage, kale) and steamed asparagus. Alternatively, petit pois will do just fine. Expecting vegetarian guests? Make use of fresh roots and beets by tossing them into a goats cheese and pine nut salad.
Dinner at the restaurant- £££
According to BBC Good Food, cauliflower is at its best in April. What better time to rustle up some hearty tempura vegetables with dips, or a good cauliflower soup to start? Seasonal vegetables can add quite the statement to your restaurant, so don’t shy away from side dishes of sweet cabbage, chantenay carrots and even radish amethyst for a splash of colour. For something sweet, knock up homemade rhubarb crumble with silky custard. Rhubarb is in season up until May, so make the most of those precious flavours!
Drinks and nibbles at the bar- ££
A lot of fun can be had with bar nibbles, especially at Easter time. Go retro with egg & soldiers, handcrafted scotch eggs with marmalade and fruit skewers to channel those Easter picnic vibes. Freshly whizzed smoothies can be made in bulk, along with fruity cocktails shaken with discontinued stock. Your menu can be seasonally beautiful and low cost- it’s all about using your imagination and multi-purposing stock wherever you can.
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