Hot cross buns galore, chocolate eggs for breakfast and a fridge full of Good Friday fish: signs that the long Easter weekend is just around the corner.
If you’re planning a slap up Easter meal, just remember: when you’re playing host to a house full of hungry mouths, you’re perfectly entitled to cut a few corners.
We’ve gathered some of the best time-saving tips and super shortcuts to stop you going hopping mad in the kitchen this Easter…
Is any Easter Sunday roast complete without crispy Yorkshire puds? Use the fat from your roasting tin to create the lightest, golden brown puddings.
Super Space Saver
More ingredients than roasting trays? Pop your potatoes, parsnips and meat in one tin. Not only is this a super space saver; the meat drippings will add extra taste and crunch to your roasties.
Quick Fire Marinade
Marinating meat takes hours, right? Wrong! Save yourself the prep work and marinade in 30 minutes flat using red wine or tenderise with citrus zest for deeply flavourful meat.
To watery, too thick, too lumpy: a good gravy can make or break a painstakingly prepared roast. Use pan juices from your roasting tray to transform standard stock into a dark, delicious sauce. Add a splash of soy for extra kick.
Left the cake ‘til the 11th hour? If you’re struggling for time, cake pops make an eggs-cellent substitute for a traditional sponge. A great way to keep the kids sweet, get them to decorate these super cute cakes with an Easter theme.
Have you got any cheats we haven’t covered? Share them in the comments box below.