• Maeve Binchy, Quentins

  • Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

  • Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

  • Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess
Easter treats

I thought I might share the traditional foods eaten in England for Easter.

In advance a hard-core cook would make a Simnel Cake. This is a type of fruit cake with a layer of marzipan in the middle and marzipan balls on the top to represent the apostles (11 or 12 depending on whether you include Judas Iscariot!) I also found this not so traditional chocolate version.

Traditionally on Good Friday you'd eat Hot Cross Buns, which symbolize the crucifixion.

A good old English Easter Dinner would be roast lamb (symbolizing Jesus as the Lamb of God), with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and vegetables.

Of course no Easter is complete without chocolate. The Easter eggs in England are large hollow chocolate eggs, symbolizing the empty tomb, with whatever candy bars on the side.

I'd love to hear how other countries celebrate Easter through food!


Blogger Julia said ... (1:11 PM) 

Yummy, yummy, Becky, have to print them and see if I can't get to one of them and try it.
On the thursday before Easter all of Austria eats cremaed spinach with fried egg and parsley potatos, on good friday everybody eats some sort of fish.
Here is a recipe site for typical Austrian Easter bread.


Blogger Ronan said ... (11:46 PM) 

Becky, take note of Julia's Austrian bread!


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