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Chocolate eggs, lamb wellington, broad bean tagliatelle – the 20 best recipes for Easter | Easter

Devilled eggs and fried duck eggs, Trine Hahnemann’s Danish marzipan and chocolate eggs! All the joys of Easter eating and cooking. There’s Nigel Slater’s roast chicken, Ravinder Bhogal’s lamb wellington, Joe Trivelli’s tagliatelle with broad beans. Fault-free dishes however long your weekend. Plus, Gill Meller’s rhubarb trifle, Tarunima Sinha’s panna cotta cake, Claire Ptak’s chocolate tarts. All perfect for Easter, though I’ll be making many of them again and again.

These homemade chocolate marzipan eggs will please both adults and children this Easter – who can resist?

These beautiful eggs are richly flavoured and go well with fresh asparagus and sage

Fried duck egg with asparagus, sage and parmesan by Jane Scotter and Harry Astley.
Fried duck egg with asparagus, sage and parmesan by Jane Scotter and Harry Astley. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

These crunchy lettuces are perfect for cooking in these tarts as they hold their shape, while the sweet notes pair well with rich cheddar

Little gem tart with Keen’s cheddar by Emily Scott.
Little gem tart with Keen’s cheddar by Emily Scott. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A fail-safe way of cooking this classic egg dish, with the added umami of anchovy and punch of Tabasco

Devilled egg and anchovy by Florence Knight.
Devilled egg and anchovy by Florence Knight. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

What makes this dish special is cooking the vegetables one after the other. Vary the ingredients as the seasons change

Giorgio Locatelli’s vignarola – braised spring vegetables.
Giorgio Locatelli’s vignarola – braised spring vegetables. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A gently flavoured fish dish that works equally well as a starter for an Easter feast or a light Sunday supper

Nigel Slater’s trout with cucumber and cornichons.
Nigel Slater’s trout with cucumber and cornichons. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

The addition of apricots gives this chicken dish a subtle promise of sunnier days. Finish on the barbecue for a real spring treat

Georgina Hayden’s apricot, coriander and chilli chicken.
Georgina Hayden’s apricot, coriander and chilli chicken. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A traditional Easter dish in Spain, the salt cod and chickpeas make for a satisfying celebration meal

José Pizarro’s salt cod meatballs in chickpea soup.
José Pizarro’s salt cod meatballs in chickpea soup. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A warming curry and just-wilted spinach are perfect for when there’s still a nip in the air but you want something fresh

Meera Sodha’s gosht anna palak nu shaak – slow-cooked lamb and spinach curry.
Meera Sodha’s gosht anna palak nu shaak – slow-cooked lamb and spinach curry. Photograph: David Loftus

If you’re cooking a large chicken for an Easter feast, fill it with potatoes for a delicious all-in-one side dish and stuffing

Nigel Slater’s roast chicken, new potato and tarragon stuffing.
Nigel Slater’s roast chicken, new potato and tarragon stuffing. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

With flavours borrowed from Greece and the Middle East to cut through the richness of the lamb, this is a great Easter Sunday lunch dish

Lamb wellington with feta and sumac by Ravinder Bhogal.
Lamb wellington with feta and sumac by Ravinder Bhogal. Photograph: Kristin Perers

Warming, quick little scones to make when you run out of bread or want to make a bowl of soup look a bit more like a meal

Anna Jones’s cheddar, swede and wild garlic scones.
Anna Jones’s cheddar, swede and wild garlic scones. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

This simple supper with spring legumes can be made into something special by making your own whole-wheat tagliatelle

Joe Trivelli’s tagliatelle with new broad beans.
Joe Trivelli’s tagliatelle with new broad beans. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

A slow affair, this lamb dish is cooked until the meat is falling off the bone and pared with bittersweet endives

Simon Hopkinson’s pot-roast shoulder of lamb with endives.
Simon Hopkinson’s pot-roast shoulder of lamb with endives. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Spring is the season for rhubarb, so make the most of it with this trifle – the lemon custard pairs perfectly

Lemon and rhubarb trifle by Gill Meller.
Lemon and rhubarb trifle by Gill Meller. Photograph: Jean Cazals/The Observer

Nothing says Easter more than these tasty spiced buns, and making your own is well worth the effort

Hot cross buns by Justin Gellatly.
Hot cross buns by Justin Gellatly. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

An impressive spring cake, this can be prepared in advance of your family Easter lunch

Tarunima Sinha’s panna cotta cake.
Tarunima Sinha’s panna cotta cake. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Packed with citrus flavours, nuts and cinnamon, this Sicilian version of a traditional Italian Easter cake will bring rays of sunshine

Sicilian lemon and orange sweet bread by Ben Tish.
Sicilian lemon and orange sweet bread by Ben Tish. Photograph: Kris Kirkham Photography Ltd/Kris Kirkham

Unadorned, this cake is light enough for a lunchbox treat, but the ganache and pecan brittle makes it worthy of a celebration

Banana cocoa cake with whipped ganache and pecan brittle by Helen Goh.
Banana cocoa cake with whipped ganache and pecan brittle by Helen Goh. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A truffle-like filling with a crisp cookie crust, plus bay leaves to add a layer of complexity, results in a special chocolate treat

Claire Ptak’s milk chocolate and bay leaf tarts.
Claire Ptak’s milk chocolate and bay leaf tarts. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

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