Seasonal Treats – Easter 2020
After the festive period, Easter is the next big seasonal opportunity for bakers to optimise on sales of cakes and bakes, including the ever popular Simnel Cake. This delicious rich fruit cake has a layer of marzipan baked in the centre with another thin layer on top. It is then decorated with 11 small balls of marzipan that are evenly spaced around the outer edge of the cake, to symbolise the apostles.
Originally Simnel Cakes were presented by girls in service to their mothers on Mothering Sunday (their one day off!), which was usually the fourth Sunday in Lent. Today this iconic cake is served on Easter Sunday across Ireland.
Although this cake does look very impressive, by using 3207 Kells Farmhouse Blend it is actually really easy to make – and is guaranteed to be a popular line in the run up to Easter. Simply mix the batter according to the blend instructions, spoon two-thirds of it into the cake tin, and place a marzipan layer in the centre. Top with the remaining batter and bake. Once cooked and cooled, brush with jam glaze and top with a marzipan circle and balls.
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without Hot Cross Buns, which many bakers say is their most popular line over Easter – which means that to meet the demand, it’s important to have a fail-safe recipe that is quick and easy to make.
The 3901 Kells Bap Blend does exactly that – and can also be readily adapted so you can ring the changes to make a whole host of variations, from spicy to even chocolate Hot Cross Buns.
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