Easter, and the season of chocolate eggs and soft hot cross buns, is around the corner. From children to children-at-heart, there is no greater joy than receiving a basket full of treats on Easter Sunday, which will be celebrated this time on April 9, 2023. My Kolkata speaks to five home bakers who are handcrafting simple, cute and lip-smacking Easter goodies.
Pro tip: Order in advance as most are baking between their regular jobs.
Patraos Blissful Bites
Easter eggs from Patraos Blissful Bites
Baker Philomena Patrao is keeping things traditional with Easter eggs, bunny lollies, coconut macaroons and marzipan. The St Xavier’s Collegiate School teacher bakes mostly during the festive occasions of Easter and Christmas. “Baking is my passion and I do it because it makes me happy to spread joy. Every year, I would bake for my two children and they encourage me,” says the working mom. She keeps things simple by using moulds to create chocolate bunnies and eggs.
Price: Rs 30 – Rs 200
Contact: 9830140448 (Call/WhatsApp)
Delivery: Home delivery available for a fee. Place your order by March 31, 2023
I Love Chocolates
Such is the well-deserved reputation of the chocolates at I Love Chocolates that they have launched a Jumbo Easter Egg weighing over 1.5kg. This home bakery in Kasba is run by IT professional Selina Andrews, who has been making chocolates for five years. “What started as a hobby became a more serious business after the pandemic,” says Selina. Selina’s menu was featured in The Herald recently, which is a Christian weekly tabloid that carries local and international church news.
A Jumbo Easter Egg weighing over 1.5kg
- Jumbo Easter Egg
- Minion Easter Eggs
- Easter eggs filled with Jujubes
- Chocolate eggs with white chocolate fillings
Price: Rs 125 to Rs 2,500
Delivery: Home delivery available across Kolkata
A variety of Easter eggs from Blaquiere’s
The magic makers at Blaquiere’s are turning their talents to churn out not two or three but 21 kinds of Easter eggs. The family-run kitchen in Behala makes solid chocolate eggs in unique flavours.
Raymond Blaquiere said, "My maternal grandparents started making Marzipan Easter eggs stuffed with sweets and homemade chocolates well over 50 years ago in their Sandal Street home. With time, all moved abroad and it was my grandmother and us who continued the festive business. With rising prices of the material and our unwillingness to compromise on either quality or quantity, we decided to shelve the much-loved Marzipan Easter eggs. My wife Deepika and I ventured into solid chocolate Easter eggs to continue the legacy. We did not want to make the usual basic flavours that are available, so we introduced a variety." Think white chocolate with rose petals, chocolate with chilli flakes and lemon zest or white chocolate and black currants.
- Arabian Nights (Milk chocolate with dates and almonds)
- Pirates Bounty (Dark chocolate with raisins and rum)
- Chocolate Triology (layered dark, milk and white chocolate)
Price: Rs 170 - Rs 200 per egg
Contact: 8335921403 (Call) or 9051331024 (WhatsApp)
Delivery: Home delivery available
An Italian Pasqualina Easter cakeShutterstock
Berliner’s Bakery makes it possible to actually get your hands on a Pasqualina in Kolkata for Easter. “Pasqualina is a traditional Easter pie made in Italy. It is a savoury dish made with puff pastry and greens like artichoke, chard leaves or spinach,” explains Annesha Chanda, the second-year English Honours student of Shri Shikshayatan behind Berliner’s Bakery. The self-taught baker also has Easter eggs, cupcakes and Easter special mini cakes on the menu, all priced between Rs 99 and Rs 299.
Delivery: Home delivery is available across Kolkata
Solid Full Chocolate Eggs from Vana’s Treats
Homemade Hot Cross Buns, anyone? Slather them with butter or Nutella and usher in the Easter spirit. This home bakery by Lesleyann Pereira and her daughter Ivana also offers Easter treats like Solid Full Chocolate Eggs, assorted chocolate figurines and Easter Baskets. “It is something both of us love doing together. We like to keep it small and orders come in via word of mouth. We do not have a designated Facebook or Instagram page,” says Lesleyann, a resident of Picnic Garden. The house wine during Christmas made by her father has been tried and tested by us so do bookmark that for later!
Price: Rs 40 - Rs 220
Delivery: Both pickup and delivery options are available