I was very pleased to be invited to take part in the Primula Easter Challenge, as I had great fun back in December making Primula Christmas recipes. This time I received a free Easter party pack containing 5 tubes of Primula cheese plus a basket of Easter cookie cutters, serviettes, paper plates, food picks and rabbit ears. The flavours of Primula I received were as follows
Primula Original Cheese
Primula Light Cheese
Primula Cheese with Ham
Primula Cheese with Chives
Primula Cheese with Prawns
So I put on my rabbit ears to think of my Easter recipes, mostly my own but I did use one from the recipe sheet they emailed me.
Firstly I decided to use the Easter cookie cutters to bake some egg, chick and rabbit cheesy biscuits.
Cheesy Easter Biscuits
200g plain flour
1/2 a tube of Primula with Chives
salt and pepper
marmite to decorate
Preheat fan oven to 180 deg C.
Sieve flour and seasoning.
Rub in margarine.
Mix in Primula to give a stiff dough.
Roll out to approx 3mm thickness.
Cut out biscuits with Easter biscuit cutters.
Place on greased baking sheet.
Bake in middle of oven for about 5-10 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire tray.
When cool, use a little marmite for rabbit and chick eyes.
Serve and enjoy.
And I absolutely had to make the cute Easter chicks recipe from the Primula recipe email. You can see the original online here. I did find with a couple of the eggs that the yolk wasn’t visible at the recommended point of cutting the eggs ¼ from the top, so if neccessary cut another slice off to expose the yolk.
Primula Easter Chicks
Half a carrot
8 black peppercorns
75g tube Primula Cheese with Chive
Boil the eggs for 10 minutes until hard boiled.
Cool in cold water then remove their shells.
Slice open the eggs ¼ from the top and scoop out the yolks into a bowl.
Mash the yolks then mix with the Primula cheese.
Spoon mixture back into the eggs and pop the top of the egg back on top of the mixture.
Cut a small amount of carrot for feet and beak and arrange on the plate.
Use black peppercorns for the eyes.
Serve and enjoy.
I then used two varieties of the Primula to make some tasty Ham Puffs and Mushroom Puffs.
Ham and Mushroom Puffs
Ingredients (makes 20)
1 320g sheet of pre-rolled puff pastry
Approx 1/2 tube of Primula with Ham
Approx 1/3 tube of Primula Light
6 slices of smoked ham
8 – 16 Oyster mushrooms (depending on size)
Preheat fan oven to 200deg C.
Wash mushrooms and allow to dry.
Remove pastry from fridge 10 minutes before use.
Unroll pastry onto a chopping board.
Cut into 20 squares, approx 6cm.
Cut slices of ham in half.
Fold each half slice of ham in half again and place on 12 of the pastry squares.
Squeeze a blob of Primula with Ham onto centre of each of these squares.
Place 1 large or 2 smaller oyster mushrooms on the other 8 pastry squares.
Squeeze a blob of Primula Light onto centre of each of these squares.
Place squares onto a greased baking sheet.
Bake in oven for about 10 minutes until Primula is melted and pastry is golden and puffed up.
Serve hot or cold and enjoy.
And to try out the Primula with prawns, I made some Prawn & Cheese Blinis, similar to the ones I did with smoked salmon at Christmas.
Prawn & Cheese Blinis
1 packet of blinis
Approx 1/2 tube of Primula with Prawns
Approx 75g prawns
Spread Primula on each blini.
Top each with a prawn.
Serve and enjoy.
Then moving onto sweet treats. Cupcakes decorated with chocolate mini eggs.
Easter Cupcakes with Primula Icing
Ingredients (makes 12)
150g self raising flour
100g caster sugar
1/2 teasp vanilla essence
milk to mix
1/2 tube of Primula Light
200g icing sugar
12 chocolate mini eggs
Preheat fan oven to 160 deg C.
Place cake cases in a 12 hole bun tin.
Cream margarine and sugar.
Beat eggs and mix in.
Add vanilla essence.
Fold in flour.
Add milk if needed, to give a dropping consistency.
Spoon into cake cases.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes on middle shelf of oven.
Cool on a wire rack.
Add Primula to a bowl.
Sieve in icing sugar.
Spread on top of cupcakes.
Decorate each with a mini egg.
Serve and enjoy.
And more chocolate mini eggs to decorate a cheesecake. It is best if you can make this in a serving dish, as it is difficult to transfer onto a plate whole. But my china dish got broken recently and I haven’t replaced it yet, so I had to make it in a silicone mould.
Easter White Chocolate Cheesecake
200g digestive biscuits
100g white chocolate
150g thick cream
1 tube of Primula Original
50g caster sugar
9 chocolate mini eggs
Place the digestives in a food bag.
Crush the digestives into crumbs with a rolling pin.
Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Mix in the digestive crumbs.
Spoon this mixture into the base of a 20cm round dish or tin.
Flatten with the back of the spoon.
Chill in the refrigerator.
Break the chocolate into pieces in a glass basin.
Melt over a small saucepan of boiling water.
Allow to cool without setting.
Mix cream into the chocolate.
Add Primula to another bowl.
Mix sugar into Primula.
Combine the contents of both bowls and mix together.
Spoon the cheesecake mixture over the digestive base.
Decorate with chocolate mini eggs.
Chill in refrigerator for at least an hour.
Serve and enjoy.
I then decorated all the serving plates with the food picks, made a jug of squash and laid out the serviettes and paper plates for our family Easter party. Apart from avoiding the mushroom puffs, the boys declared it all very yummy.
A 150g tube of Primula cheese currently retails at £1.45 at Tesco for all flavours which I believe is a fairly consistent price with other cheese spreads. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 4 tubes of Primula Cheese to 3 lucky winners. Each winner will receive 1 tube of each of the following flavours – Primula original, with chives, with prawn and with ham.
a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.
And you may see my other giveaways here.
I hope you all like my Easter party recipes. And I’d love to hear your ideas for an Easter recipe using Primula.
Disclosure. This post is a review of products I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.
Great Easter cupcakes – have bookmarked for my easter baking over the next month! xx
A great easter recipe x
Will have to try some of these Easter recipes x
Hope you enjoy
I’ve made many cheesecakes, but not with white chocolate. I’m not familiar with Primula but would love to find it and try this!
You should be able to get Primula in any supermarket
Cheese & Chive – http://primula.co.uk/cheese-with-chive-tube.html
My fav is cheese & ham http://primula.co.uk/cheese-with-ham-tube.html
The Primula with chives
Love Primula Cheese & Ham
love your recipes x my favourite primula is cheese & ham http://primula.co.uk/cheese-with-ham-tube.html
My favourite is: http://primula.co.uk/light-cheese-tube.html
Would like to try their dip http://primula.co.uk/sour-cream-chive-dip-new.html
http://primula.co.uk/cheese-with-chive-tube.html By far the best cheese spread ever made