Easter weekend is here! Have you pulled out your favorite pastel decorations already? We have been looking forward to enjoying our Easter brunch outside in the comfort of our own backyard with loved ones. While Easter might not be playing out exactly how you imagined it to be this year, there is still much to enjoy!
The Ajna team has picked out some ideas to help inspire your Easter weekend at home. Read along for a couple favorite recipes as well as some of our favorite products for this holiday!
An Outdoor Inspired Brunch Space
We have gathered up some of our favorite Easter brunch ideas for you to try in your backyard this Easter weekend. From filling up tables with pastel colors and bunches of flowers, to adding ambient lighting and beautiful tablewares.
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Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe
This is one of our favorite recipes from Southern Living to add to our Easter Sunday brunch spread. These cherry peppers combine a sweet, cheesy flavor with a nice pecan crunch. This recipe is one of our go-to recipes because it's very quick and tastes delicious!
What you'll need:
- 4 ounces of Cream Cheese (softened)
- 2 1/3 ounces of crumbled blue cheese
- 6 tablespoons of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of finely chopped pecans, divided
- 3 jars of cherry peppers (drained)
- 2 tablespoons of thinly chopped chives
Step 1: Combine blue cheese, heavy cream, and cream cheese in a bowl. Beat with your electric mixer on medium high, until well blended and fluffy. Stir in the 1/2 cup of pecans.
Step 2: Place mixture into piping bag with a 3/4 inch-wide tip, and place a spoonful into each open end of the peppers. Place peppers onto your favorite platter and sprinkle the chives evenly throughout the peppers. Serve immediately or refrigerate!
Collard Dip Recipe
Another favorite recipe of ours is Collard Dip from Southern Living. This dip is a quick and tastes delicious!
What you'll need:
- Softened 8 oz package Cream Cheese
- 3/4 Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 Cup Graded Parmesan Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons of Minced Shallots
- 3/4 Teaspoons Black Pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
- 15 oz thawed and drained chopped collard greens
- Baguette Sliced
Step 1: Stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan, swiss cheese, shallots, pepper, and salt. Fold in the collard greens. Spread onto a 3-4 cup baking dish and top with the remainder swiss and parmesan cheese.
Step 2: Bake at 375 degrees, for 30-25 minutes, or until bubbly.
Then last but not least, dessert - and something fun for the kids!
Pull out the festive cookie cutters - these steps are relatively simple and if you don't already have a recipe on hand that you love here's one from Sally's Baking Addiction that is no fail:
What you'll need:
- 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional, but makes the flavor outstanding)*
Step 1: Make cookie dough. You only need 7-8 ingredients. With so little ingredients, it’s important that you follow the recipe closely. Creamed butter and sugar provide the base of the cookie dough. Egg is the cookie’s structure and vanilla extract adds flavor. I almost always add a touch of almond extract for additional flavor and highly recommend that you try it too! Flour is an obvious addition, baking powder adds lift, and salt balances the sweet. So many *little ingredients* doing *big jobs* to create a perfect cookie.
Step 2: Divide in two pieces. Smaller sections of dough are easier to roll out.
Step 3: Roll out cookie dough. Roll it out to 1/4 inch thick or just under 1/4 inch thick.
Step 4: Chill rolled out cookie dough. Without chilling, these cookie cutter sugar cookies won’t hold their shape. Chill the rolled out cookie dough for at least 1-2 hours and up to 2 days.
Step 5: Cut into shapes. Cue the fun for the kids, and the whole family!
Step 6: Bake & cool. Depending on size, the cookies take about 10-12 minutes.
7: Decorate! Don't forget sprinkles and icing of course!
Have a little flour nearby when you’re rolling out the cookie dough. Keep your work surface, hands, and rolling pin lightly floured. This is a relatively soft dough.
With Easter weekend in full swing, this should be plenty to keep you busy, and the kids entertained, throughout the weekend. Don't forget to share your memories with us by tagging #ajnamoment in your photos!