IT is Easter, but not as we know it. There are no big family gatherings or bank-holiday barbecues.
But coronavirus can’t cancel Easter itself, so make sure you mark it with a special meal.
For a classic feast, find a great deal on lamb and finish off your stay-at-home menu with a dreamy dessert.
Market Street tip
Allow a large lamb roast to rest for ten to 20 minutes before you carve it.
Smaller cuts, such as cutlets and chops, should be rested for five minutes.
Roast it: Morrisons’ British Lamb leg is a baa-baa bargain at £5 per kilo.
Two’s company: Couples don’t need a full roast to get the taste of Easter. Instead, try lamb rump steaks, £3.98, or chops, £3.89, from Asda.
Mint condition: Iceland’s easy-carve lamb leg joint with mint sauce, 600g, £7, is the perfect size for three people.
Easy Easter: Cooking for one couldn’t be simpler with Waitrose Classics Lamb With Mint & Redcurrant, plus mash and peas, for £3.49.
Yum for one: Another winner for one is Tesco Lamb Shank in Mint Gravy, 450g, £4.50 – just add your own mash or roasties.
Bellissima: Make like you really are in an Italian restaurant with Morrisons Tiramisu, £2.50.
Apple Easter: Tuck into a seasonal classic with Asda’s Extra Special All-Butter Bramley Apple Pie, £4.
Choc-a-bloc: Make up for any missing Easter eggs with Asda’s extra-chocolatey Extra Special Belgian Chocolate Millionaire’s Desserts, £2.50, pack of two.
Family favourite: Save a third on Waitrose New York Cheesecake With Salted Caramel & Honeycomb, now £2.83, down from £4.25.
Mouth melter: Save £1.30 on selected Gu desserts at Sainsbury’s including Hot Chocolate Molten Middle Desserts (2x100g), now £2.
Best of the zest: Save 50p on Tesco Finest Sicilian Lemon Tart, 485g, now £2.50.
- Buy two for £10 on favourite wines at Morrisons, saving up to £5, including Cono Sur Bicicleta Malbec, £7.50, and Hardys Nottage Hill Chardonnay, £7.
- Make Easter go with a pop with Maschio Prosecco down from £10 to £7 at Morrisons.
- Enjoy gin with a difference with Asda’s Extra Special Raspberry & Rose Gin Liquer, £10.
- Save a third on Norton Coleccion Malbec at Waitrose, now £6.99, down from £10.49.
- Save £4.50 on Gordon’s Special Dry London Gin, now £16 at Tesco.
- Enjoy Aldi’s San Floriano Prosecco DOC, for £4.99, down from £5.75.
- Save £4.50 on 12 x 330ml bottles of Peroni Nastro Azzurro lager at Sainsbury’s, now £12.
- Save £2.50 on Sainsbury’s Cremant de Loire fizz, now £9.
Leg of lamb with lemon, mint and feta crust
- 2 kg leg of lamb, bone in
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 250g bread, stale
- 10g fresh mint
- 1 whole lemon, zest only
- 2 cloves garlic
- 100g feta cheese
METHOD: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Place the leg of lamb in a large roasting tin.
Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover with tin foil and roast in the preheated oven for an hour. Meanwhile, place the stale bread in a food processor and blitz to fine breadcrumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, use a box grater and grate the bread to fine breadcrumbs.
Add the olive oil and the mint, lemon zest, garlic and feta cheese, then blitz to combine.
Once the lamb has cooked for an hour, remove from the oven and discard the tin foil. Pack the crust on to the lamb and return to the oven. Bake for 40 minutes for pink lamb. Increase the cooking time by 30 minutes if you prefer your lamb well-done.
Allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving, then serve.
Easter bun pudding
- 100g single cream
- 600ml milk
- 3 eggs
- 50g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 15g low-fat spread
- 6 hot cross buns
- 30g milk chocolate, cut into pieces
METHOD: In a jug, mix together the cream, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Use the low-fat spread to grease a large baking dish.
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Roughly tear up the bases of the hot cross buns, leaving the tops whole, place the pieces in the baking dish and sprinkle with the chocolate. Pour three-quarters of the milk mixture over it.
Dip the bun tops in the remaining milk mixture to soak up the liquid, then arrange on top. Leave to sit for 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 170C/160C fan/gas 3. Bake for 35 minutes or until set and puffed up. Serve warm.