Celebrate Easter Day with a special surprise breakfast! These tasty rolls hold a secret to discover first thing in the morning & are a great reminder of why we celebrate Easter Day!
As it was early in the morning & we were a little bleary eyed we used a packet bread mix which was super easy & much quicker than making the dough from scratch. (If you fancy taking more time to create your dough we've used this tasty bread recipe before.) We followed the instructions on the packet for our wholemeal bread & soon had our large ball of dough ready.
After giving the dough a really good knead on a floured surface we separated it into 12 equal rounds. We decided to make 12 rolls to represent the 12 disciples. Then it was time to add our 'secret' ingredient, a marshmallow! We incorporated some symbolism in the making of the rolls, & used the marshmallow to represent Jesus being placed in the tomb.
We flattened out each ball of dough, added one marshmallow to the centre, & then sprinkled over a pinch of cinnamon sugar (caster sugar with a little cinnamon) before carefully wrapping the dough securely around, making sure there were no gaps where the marshmallow could leak out whilst the bread was cooking. The magic part of this bake of course is that the marshmallow melts in the roll leaving a empty cavity inside.
Again if you wish to use symbolism the cinnamon sugar could represent the spices that were used to anoint Jesus' body, & the sealed bread roll could represent the sealed tomb where Jesus was placed.
When we had filled every roll we placed them on a baking sheet & baked for 15-20 mins at the temperature suggested on the bread packet.
When the rolls had turned a golden brown they were ready to remove from the oven & cool.
My little baker was very keen to see if it 'had worked' so we carefully opened a warm roll to discover it had! Her face was a picture of joy! The centre of the roll was hollow & empty, which was a perfect illustration of the empty tomb on Easter Day when Jesus had risen. The sweet cinnamon flavoured centre also reminded us that this was a day to celebrate!
These Easter Resurrection Rolls are so simple to create & offer children a hands-on activity to explore the Easter Story. Whether you use them at home, school or church, I hope the children you share them with enjoy the excitement & surprise as much as my family did.
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