Chocolate eggs, lamb Wellington, field bean tagliatelle – the 20 best recipes for Easter | Easter

Dbad eggs and fried duck eggs, Trine Hahnemann’s Danish marzipan and chocolate eggs! All the joys of Easter eating and cooking. There’s Nigel Slater’s Fried Chicken, Ravinder Bhogal’s Lamb Wellington, Joe Trivelli’s Tagliatelle with Broad Beans. Flawless meals no matter how long your weekend is. Also, Gill Meller’s Rhubarb Trifle, Tarunima Sinha’s Panna Cotta Cake, Claire Ptak’s Chocolate Tart. All perfect for Easter, although I will make many of these again and again.

These homemade chocolate marzipan eggs are a delight for young and old at Easter – who can resist?

These beautiful eggs are richly flavored and pair well with fresh asparagus and sage

Roasted Duck Egg with Asparagus, Sage and Parmesan by Jane Scotter and Harry Astley.
Roasted Duck Egg with Asparagus, Sage and Parmesan by Jane Scotter and Harry Astley. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

These crunchy salads are perfect for cooking in these tarts as they hold their shape, while the sweet notes pair well with rich cheddar

Little Gem Tart with Keen's Cheddar by Emily Scott.
Little Gem Tart with Keen’s Cheddar by Emily Scott. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A safe way to prepare this classic egg dish, with the added umami of anchovies and Tabasco punch

Devilled Egg and Anchovies by Florence Knight.
Devilled Egg and Anchovies by Florence Knight. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

The special thing about this dish is that the vegetables are cooked one after the other. Vary the ingredients according to the season

Vignarola by Giorgio Locatelli - braised spring vegetables.
Vignarola by Giorgio Locatelli – braised spring vegetables. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A lightly spiced fish dish that is equally suitable as an Easter starter or a light Sunday lunch

Nigel Slater's trout with cucumber and gherkins.
Nigel Slater’s trout with cucumber and gherkins. Photo: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

The addition of apricots gives this chicken dish a subtle promise of sunnier days. Finish on the grill for a real spring treat

Apricot, Cilantro and Chili Chicken by Georgina Hayden.
Apricot, Cilantro and Chili Chicken by Georgina Hayden. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A traditional Easter dish in Spain, salt cod and chickpeas make for a satisfying feast

José Pizarro's cod meatballs in chickpea soup.
José Pizarro’s cod meatballs in chickpea soup. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A warming curry and freshly wilted spinach are perfect when there’s still a whiff in the air but you want something fresh

Gosht Anna Palak Nu Shaak by Meera Sodha - Slow Cooked Lamb and Spinach Curry.
Gosht Anna Palak Nu Shaak by Meera Sodha – Slow Cooked Lamb and Spinach Curry. Photo: David Loftus

If you’re cooking up a large chicken for an Easter celebration, stuff it with potatoes for a delicious all-in-one side dish and filling

Fried Chicken, New Potatoes and Tarragon Stuffing by Nigel Slater.
Fried Chicken, New Potatoes and Tarragon Stuffing by Nigel Slater. Photo: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

Using flavors from Greece and the Middle East to break through the richness of the lamb, this makes a great Easter Sunday lunch

Ravinder Bhogal Lamb Gum with Feta and Sumac.
Ravinder Bhogal Lamb Gum with Feta and Sumac. Photo: Kristin Perers

Warming, quick little scones you can make when you’re running out of bread or want to make a bowl of soup feel a little more like a meal

Cheddar, Rutabaga and Wild Garlic Scones by Anna Jones.
Cheddar, Rutabaga and Wild Garlic Scones by Anna Jones. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

This easy spring legume dinner can be made extra special by making your own whole wheat tagliatelle

Joe Trivelli tagliatelle with new broad beans.
Joe Trivelli tagliatelle with new broad beans. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

A slow affair, this lamb dish is cooked until the meat falls off the bone and flavored with bittersweet chicory

Endive Braised Lamb Shoulder by Simon Hopkinson.
Endive Braised Lamb Shoulder by Simon Hopkinson. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Spring is the season for rhubarb, so make the most of it with this little something – the lemon cream goes perfectly with it

Lemon Rhubarb Trifle by Gill Meller.
Lemon Rhubarb Trifle by Gill Meller. Photo: Jean Cazals/The Observer

Nothing says Easter like these delicious spiced buns, and they’re worth making yourself

Hot Cross Buns by Justin Gellatly.
Hot Cross Buns by Justin Gellatly. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

An impressive spring cake to make before Easter dinner with the family

Panna Cotta Cake by Tarunima Sinha.
Panna Cotta Cake by Tarunima Sinha. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Packed with citrus flavors, nuts and cinnamon, this Sicilian take on a traditional Italian Easter cake brings sunshine

Sicilian Lemon Orange Sweetbread by Ben Tish.
Sicilian Lemon Orange Sweetbread by Ben Tish. Photo: Kris Kirkham Photography Ltd/Kris Kirkham

Without decoration, this cake is light enough for a lunch box, but the ganache and pecan brittle make it worthy of a celebration

Banana Cocoa Cake with Whipped Ganache and Pecan Brittle by Helen Goh.
Banana Cocoa Cake with Whipped Ganache and Pecan Brittle by Helen Goh. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A truffle-like filling with a crunchy biscuit crust and bay leaves to add a layer of complexity make for a special chocolate treat

Claire Ptak's milk chocolate tart with bay leaves.
Claire Ptak’s milk chocolate tart with bay leaves. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

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