Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious holiday or simply love egg decorating with your family, Easter weekend is a great time to celebrate with your loved ones – and eat plenty of delicious food. While every celebration is unique, many of our Easter staples in Canada are steeped in years of tradition. Check out our top-rated Easter recipes that are perfect for brunches, appetizers, traditional dinners, and desserts.
Hot Cross Buns
Easter wouldn’t be complete without this tradition that goes way back to medieval England. Top buttermilk biscuits with a homemade icing and enjoy the delicious treat for breakfast, brunch, or as a low-stress appetizer for your Easter celebration. Learn how to make hot cross buns with this quick and easy recipe!
Beautifully decorated hard-boiled Easter eggs are one of the most iconic traditions, and one of the most fun crafts to do with young ones. Use food colouring to make a variety of patterned eggs, such as fun polka dot, marbelized, striped, or even two-tone!
If you always cook an Easter ham for the holiday, don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavours and ingredients. A spiral cut ham topped with a spiced orange marmalade glaze makes an impressive main dish that works for both brunch and dinner. Want to free up your oven for other dishes? Try this hands-off slow cooker ham recipe instead.
As an alternative to ham, lamb also makes a delicious main dish for Easter dinner! Take part in the tradition by making flavourful cinnamon-braised lamb shanks in the slow cooker. If you’re short on time, speed up the cooking process by making a savoury, herbed lamb in your Instant Pot.
The most traditional Easter dessert is the Simnel cake, but it can be very time-intensive to cook. A great alternative is a spiced date cake, topped with a delicious caramel sauce and vanilla whipped cream. Since carrots are associated with Easter, a Carrot Cake Poke Cake also makes a perfect holiday dessert.