A Pear-fectly Sweet Easter

For me, it finally starts to feel like spring when Easter rolls around. Everything’s awash in pastel colors, the weather is (hopefully) warming, and fresh spring foods take the menu: asparagus, lamb, berries. This year, I decided to bring together my love for great food and creative crafts with these little Easter projects:

Sweet Easter Treats

Everyone loves a good Easter egg hunt, right? There’s the spring sunshine, the thrill of the hunt, and best of all, the eggs! Filled with chocolate or coins, they’re a small but sweet award. Imagine if your next Easter basket looked like this after the hunt:

Beautiful! But let’s take a closer look.

 

These aren’t your ordinary Easter eggs. They’re egg-shaped Anjou pears! Decorated with a careful hand and some sugary cake frosting, these pears become even sweeter. They’d be delicious sliced and shared with the family – even better if the decoration was done in chocolate!

Here’s another twist on a classic Easter dish.

Deviled Pears

 

Swap out the hard-boiled egg for a ripe Anjou pear, fill the core with golden raisins or mincemeat, and sprinkle with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Ta-da! An Easter tradition, transformed.

How are you getting creative with your menus and crafts this spring?

Chocolate, Colored Eggs, and…Pears!

Bunny ears. Jellybeans. Honey ham. Fruit. Ever since I can remember, Easter meals have always included the same family traditions, from “egg fights” to Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Egg fights aren’t as messy as they sound, by the way: you just bump your hard-boiled Easter egg against your sister’s or your dad’s, and if your egg comes out unscathed, you’re the winner! Then you choose another opponent and continue “fighting” until both ends of your egg are cracked, then you peel it and eat it. It’s a fun way to play with your food and eat it, too!

Now that I’m older, I still appreciate some of the chocolate and the familiar old eggs, but I also look forward to including fresh fruit in our meal. To me, Easter not only signifies new life and celebration, but a new season, and I’m going to start a new tradition by putting fresh flavors on the table. I’m planning to make these Pancetta Crisps with Pear to contribute to the family dinner on Sunday. I think a pear-strawberry crostini or mini cheesecakes with pears would be a great addition, too.

I’m looking forward celebrating traditions both new and old on Sunday. I’ll give my Dad the black jellybeans (gross), everyone will participate in a loud, boisterous egg fight, and the family will gobble down Mom’s cinnamon rolls—and my pear appetizers.