Feed a crowd

If you're catering this Easter weekend, these dishes can be scaled to feed the masses.

Spit-roasted suckling pig is always a crowd favourite at a party, but it's hard to perfect. A spit-roaster can be easily hired from a barbecue-hire service, found in...
This uses a few spices, but once you’ve bought them, this dish becomes a wonderful store-cupboard supper. Garlic is a great source of vitamin C and manganese, as...
Homemade gnocchi is a revelation. They’re little pillows that soak up sauce readily, like this simple but excellent braised beef.
“I do love peas, I love their mushy texture, sweetness and subtle flavour, I always have some in the freezer and they cook in minutes. But and it is a big but,...

Everything's grape

Grapes are plentiful and cheap right now - but not for long. Make these dishes while they're still in season.

This simple Italian pancake bread is made  from chickpea (gram) flour, water and oil and, when cooked right, it is crispy on the outside with a warm and soft centre.
This is an Italian bread that’s traditionally made when grapes are harvested for winemaking. It’s like focaccia, only covered with jewel-like grapes. It’s a...
This is a simple sausage dinner made a little more exciting. Grapes are delicious roasted and have a beautiful savoury sweetness to them, while the addition of...
It might be more unusual to see fruit instead of vegetables in a pickling liquid, but we pickle lots of fruit and find the vinegar offsets its sweetness...

Easter baking

There's more to Easter baking than hot cross buns and chocolate eggs (as much as we love them).

Traditionally made at Easter, also known in Bulgaria as kozunak, this sweet brioche-like loaf (it’s not really a sponge cake at all!) is similar to those of Italy,...
This amazing Spanish bread is reminiscent of the croissant. Typically layered with lard (although this one is made with butter), this brioche-like bread has a...
With its nutty, fruity, chocolate filling, this snail-shaped bread from north-east Italy bears similarities to the sweets of nearby Slovenia.
The first time I came across Naples’ famous Easter dessert, pastiera, I wasn’t entirely sure how to react – except that I knew I needed to have more. It’s a...

Hop into chocolate

Easter wouldn't be Easter without lashings of chocolate... swoon!

This recipe will become your secret weapon chocolate cake. Baby beets lend a dense, fudge-like texture to an already deep, dark chocolate base.
Remember instant pudding from when you were a kid? Well, this isn’t it. It’s a delectable sweet pudding made with a custard base and good, bitter chocolate. You...
Also called choux a la crème or cream puffs, profiteroles are basically choux pastry balls filled with crème patissiere, whipped cream or, as in these, ice-cream....
These little cakes from the Dutch city of Denbos, in the southern Netherlands, are a French-inspired dessert. Hold these pastries upside down to eat them, so the...
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