“Happy Easter, Happy Spring,
Happy Happy EVERYTHING!”
Next to Christmas, Easter is my next favourite holiday. I have fabulous memories from when I was a kid, waking up early on Easter morning and searching our house for chocolate covered eggs and other Easter treats that the Easter bunny left while we were sleeping. Afterwards, my Mom would dress us up in pretty Easter dresses, braid our hair and we would travel to my Grandmother’s house for a delicious Easter breakfast. Eggs, bacon, kielbasa, and crepes were among the favorites that covered the table each year. It was a loving, heartfelt memory that I cherish to this day. Since having children, I have tried to provide similar traditions and memories that they can look back on when they are adults. Our traditions include a Good Friday Outdoor Easter Egg hunt, a traditional visit from the Easter bunny and a huge family Easter brunch! Our Easter adventures begin on Good Friday. From my first child’s first Easter, my family has been trudging to a local farmer’s market for a yearly outdoor Easter egg hunt! It is not much of a challenge as the owner, dressed in a green Easter bunny costume, simply walks around with a garbage bag full of coloured, plastic eggs and throws them on the ground, but kids both big and small, LOVE IT. Kids armed with Easter baskets run here and there picking up the colour eggs and exchange them for a bag of Easter candy. Colouring crafts, planting flowers, seeing farm animals and snacks in a greenhouse to round out the day. Saturday night, my children leave out a few carrot sticks for Easter bunny and go to bed early! Sunday morning, usually at the crack of dawn, my children race downstairs to the entrance of the family room to find baskets with their names on it and gummy trails leading in different directions. Each child follows their gummy trail to find a surprise, usually a little toy, hidden at the end. Afterwards, they search the room, high and low, for Easter chocolates and candies that Easter bunny has hid. We have a rule in our house that you are only allowed to find eggs at your height level (i.e. big kids find the higher eggs and the lower eggs are for the little ones). Everyone works together to find the treasure and then we pour them into one bin to share later! Our day continues with my family tradition, Easter brunch. My DH is the chef in our house and prepares a spectacular feast complete with eggs, bacon, kielbasa and the crepes from my childhood. My parents and sometimes my sisters come over to celebrate the festive season! My job for Easter brunch is to create a gluten free dessert. This year, I’m creating a carrot log roll to celebrate all things bunny!
Carrot Cake Log Roll
|Carrot cake log roll #Gaylea||
- ⅔ cups of Gluten Free flour
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup honey
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup grated carrots
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 pkg of cream cheese
- 2 Tbsp honey
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp of Gaylea Cinnamon Spread
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- In the first bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking powder and cinnamon. Make sure there are no lumps.
- In the second bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Separate the eggs. Beat the egg yolks until thick, then add in the honey, lemon juice and vanilla.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
- Add the grated carrorts.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy/ Gently add the cream of tartar and beat until stiff peaks.
- Add ¼ of egg whites at a time to the batter mixture. Fold it into the batter. Continue until of the egg whites are added.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- While cake is baking, make the filling. Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. Set aside.
- When cake is baked remove it from the oven and turn it onto a towel. Peel off the wax paper then roll up the cake.Let stand 1 minute.
- Unroll and let stand for 3 minutes.
- Roll it back up and let stand until cool.
- Unroll cake, remove towel and spread the filling on the cake. Fill it right to the edges and keep filling equally spread out.
- Roll cake one final time.
- Using remaining icing to cover the outside of rolled cake.
- Decorate with cinnamon and enjoy!
Recipe inspired by CD Kitchen
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