Whether you’re travelling or staying in, with friends or family, Makro has your Easter moments covered.
“Are we there yet”
Start your long weekend on a good note and turn those car tantrums into road trip fun. Our travel hacks are here to keep the kids happy on the road this Easter.
1. Planning: plan the start of your trip around your kid's sleeping patterns and map out every toilet break for the family to stretch their legs and get some air.
2. Comfort: pack in plenty of blankets and pillows to ensure that they get some rest along the way.
3. Snacks: what’s a road trip without snacks? Bring along sufficient snacks for the kids to enjoy.
4. Games: distract your kids and get them to appreciate the beautiful South African scenery. Swap the iPad for fun car games like I-spy, car cricket and hold-your-breath.
A delicious moment
Perfect as a gift or to serve warm to your guests, here is our delicious recipe for the spiced sweet buns of Easter- The Hot Cross Bun.
- 3/4 cup warm water (45 degrees C)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon instant powdered milk
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup dried currants
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons milk
For the flour paste
- 125 g flour
- 5 T water
- 65 ml golden syrup
- 65 ml boiling water
- Preheat the oven to 190°C
- Combine warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in a mixing bowl.
- When 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants and cinnamon. Leave dough to double in size.
- Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let rest 10 minutes.
- Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 35-40 minutes).
- Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush over each ball then take a sharp knife and cut a cross on each bun.
- To make the cross: mix together confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and milk. Place flour paste in a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off; pipe a cross onto each bun.
- Bake at 190 degrees celsius for 20 minutes.
- Remove from pan immediately.
- While hot, cover each bun with the glaze mixture.
DIY starter projects
A four day weekend is the best excuse to start your next DIY project! Here are some good starter projects to help you get going without too much planning and fuss.
- Transform a room with a new coat of paint
- Replace a light fixture
- Replace faucets or any other faulty hardware
- Mount a flatscreen on a wall
- Caulk cracks or drafty areas around doors or windows
- Replace a toilet seat
- Add insulation to your attic for winter