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Cooking With Cannabis: Easter Treats Part 1


It’s almost Easter which for many is a time of chocolate, cakes, roast dinners and all sorts of other delicious treats. I’m sure people consider it a time for other things as well, but I’m really just into the food aspect. We’ve covered many delicious and delectable edibles in the Cooking with Cannabis series, so we’re going to use a few of those skills we’ve learned to whip up some truly amazing Easter treats. As always, I’m going to go with a combination of sweet and savory so everyone has something that suits them perfectly. As always, I’ll give a quick introduction so you can make your own cannabis butter and oil.

Cannabis basis

Making your own cannabis butter is easy but takes a bit of time. You will need half an ounce of ground weed, not too fine or it will slip through the net. Then you just need a glass baking dish and an oven. What you’re going to do is spread your weed out in the baking dish and put it in your oven once it’s preheated to around 100 degrees Celsius. Insert it for 20-40 minutes, keep checking it and mixing it every 10 minutes. When it reaches a deep brownish green, your weed is ready.

Butter:

For the butter, you’ll take your decarboxylated weed and 226 grams of butter. Put the butter with 1 and ½ cups of water in a saucepan and let it melt. When melted, add the herb and cover it, letting it simmer gently for 4 hours. Then strain it through cheesecloth and let it cool.

Oil:

You will need one cup of olive oil for every 3 grams of weed. We do the same thing we did with the butter, put your ingredients together in a saucepan and heat covered for 20 minutes. Then uncover and stir before simmering for another 30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth and let cool.

Easter eggs

Obviously, we should start with the best part of the Easter snack, the Easter egg. I always thought it was a bit of a rip off when I was a kid because it looks like you get a lot of chocolate and end up with some kind of shell. Which, you know… is fine, but… still moves on. You will need:

  • 35g cannabis butter
  • 128g Chocolate Choice

Yes, that’s literally all you need! Oh and of course an Easter egg mold.

Let’s move on to the method:

You’re going to break up your chocolate and put it in a bowl with your cannabis butter, preferably a glass bowl because we’re going to be doing a bain-marie.

Get a saucepan, fill it halfway with water, bring it to a boil, and place your glass bowl filled with ingredients on top.

Let the contents of the bowl melt, being careful that it does not burn or make bubbles, continue to stir with a rubber spatula.

Remove the bowl from the heat and let it cool, keep checking with a thermometer until the chocolate/butter reaches 35 degrees C.

The egg molds come with two sides, so carefully pour the cooled chocolate from one side and spread it nice and thin, cleaning the edges with a knife. Repeat this with the second side of the mold.

Take out the parchment paper and place the molds face down on them and leave to rest for about 15 minutes until the chocolate has set.

While you’re doing this, melt the last chocolate again and you’ll use it to brush the edges and seal the egg together. Simply paint it over the edges of your eggs once you remove them from the molds and press the edges together.

Once that hardens there, god, you have your special Easter egg.

Easter nest

These are my favorite Easter treats, which makes it hard to put weed in them because I have such a hard time stopping eating them. Well let’s just hope for the best I guess probably do them if you get a few people so you can’t go on.

You will need:

  • 50g cannabis butter
  • 225g Dark Chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • 75g Corn Flakes (or similar cereal sold by a less problematic brand)
  • Bag of Mini Eggs

Method:

Get a cupcake tin and line it with paper casings.

Prepare yourself a double boiler with a saucepan, boiling water and a desiccated glass bowl on top.

Put the syrup, chocolate and canna butter in the bowl together and let them melt into a delicious sticky soup.

Once the mixture is silky smooth you can remove it from the heat and stir in the cornflakes, making sure they are all completely coated.

Use a nice big spoon to separate the mixture into the paper casings with a little dip in the middle.

Next, take a few of your mini eggs and place them in the center of each nest.

Then, all you have to do is put them in the fridge for an hour and you’re done! Probably one of the easiest Easter treats to make this year.

Easter sugar cookies

This is a fun group baking option, as you can get all kinds of fun things to decorate your festive cannabis cookies.

You will need:

  • 50g cannabis butter
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 330g plain flour
  • 225g Caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.

Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream them together before adding the vanilla and egg.

In another bowl, combine your dry ingredients such as your flour and your baking powder.

Then add this to the wet bowl a little at a time until you have a nice stiff dough.

Separate the dough into pieces, roll it out, then cut it into the shape of your choice. Maybe get bunny shapes etc. to make it more Easter.

Bake for 8-10 minutes then cool on a wire rack until ready to decorate.

Come back next time for delicious Easter treats!

Written by Tasha Porritt

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