It’s a bit early, but we might as well get ready because Easter’s on its way.
Not everything sweet at Easter time comes in a brightly colored basket, although there’s no denying the appeal of an Easter basket.
But what about after dinner, when enough time has gone by to give your tummy a chance to turn its attention to dessert? I have very fond childhood memories of Easter.
One of my grandmothers really went “all out” in preparation for the revered holiday. She had an Easter tree, which was made of a tree branch with lots of places for hanging ornaments. Around the base, she would place pastelcolored Easter “grass” and tucked within were many types of candies. She’d bake for weeks, making all sorts of Easter breads and pastries for the traditional after-church visiting. Many of those breads featured the prunes, apricots and walnuts from our orchards, as well as figs from the yard...