Easter Berry Baskets

First off, I want to remind us all of the reasons we have Easter bunnies who deliver baskets full of eggs, candy, and baby chicks to millions of people every Easter morning. It is easy to forget the significance among all the hooping and hollering over which plastic egg to buy or which recipe to make (although special Easter recipes are great things and can be great teaching opportunities!) History.com talks about the significance of the Easter bunny. The idea of a rabbit bringing eggs reportedly came from the German immigrants who had stories about an egg-laying rabbit called “Osterhaus”. German children would make nests for this creature to lay it’s eggs in, and now the tradition has spread and become what we know it today – the Easter bunny filling our baskets with eggs and treats. No, it isn’t in the Bible as some sacred animal, but because of its tendency to be very procreative it has become a representative of new life. This, of course, relates to Easter time, because it is the celebration for the new life that is offered us through the death and resurrection of our Savior.

As you might have seen in my previous post, the egg is also a symbol of new life. Pagans use it to celebrate spring and some Christians use it as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Painting the eggs became another way to celebrate the end of the period of penance (a time of repentance), when eggs were not supposed to be eaten, but could then be eaten at the beginning of Easter time. You can see how decorating the eggs might be a way to celebrate not only eating the eggs but the cleanliness that comes after repentance, or the new life that is given after forgiveness. Of course, the egg is also where the chick comes from, as it hatches, receiving life.

Now about this recipe! I have been wanting to post a recipe for Easter that is not candy related, like all the other billions of Easter recipes. I love the idea of waking up to an Easter basket in the morning, though, so I thought, why not make breakfast into an Easter basket?! I went off of my German pancake recipe, making some alterations and putting them in muffin tins so that they would rise up the edges and have a hole in the center, to fill like an Easter basket. (I also love the idea of mini breakfast foods, which is essentially what you get when you bake something in a muffin tin.)

I am so in love with these Berry Baskets! I could have eaten all of them myself except I offered some to Limi and so we shared them all. :) But they are so yummy! They are a perfect combination of lightly sweet and slightly tart. Plus they are full of berries and they are reminiscent of crepes, french toast and German pancakes. Everyone wins with this one! Even Limi, who doesn’t really like German pancakes, loved these and asked for more! :)

The recipe will make 24 cups, so if you don’t have two muffin tins then you can either half the recipe or just make two batches (but they are quick to bake, so it wouldn’t be too hard to bake 12 at a time).

Ingredients:

1 cup milk
1 cup flour
6 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
4 TBS butter
Berry Medley filling:
12 oz frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
1/2 cup orange juice (we used Sunny D)
1/4 cup water
1 TBS sugar
2 TBS cornstarch

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 F.
Combine the milk and flour in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the eggs, salt, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Mix until combined into a smooth batter. 
Lightly spray the muffin tins with non-stick spray and then divide the butter between each muffin cup (24 cups). Fill each muffin tin 1/3 full of batter. Bake for 10 minutes.
While the “baskets” are baking, combine all the ingredients for the Berry Medley filling in a sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to boil and the sauce thickens.
When the baskets are done cooking, remove them from the muffin tins, using a butter knife if needed. Fill each basket with the Berry Medley filling. 

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