Evie has been learning the true meaning of Easter since she started school. She goes to Catholic school so those things are taught from the beginning. I was a little concerned at first with the Easter story because of the crucifixion, it was violent and horrific, not that people are any less violent and horrific today, but this was my little 4 year old child. I had nothing to fear, the teachers taught it very simply, cleaned up and scaled down. That first Easter in school Evie came home one day saying “Mom, do you know that they killed Jesus on a cross and he died.” I said yes I knew that and it was not nice just because he was different. She replied, “Don’t worry Mom, he got up again!” Now at almost 8, she has been preparing for her first communion all winter, she knows the details and tells me things I didn’t know.
This was the perfect year to start a tradition with empty tomb buns. These were quick and easy to put together on Easter morning with just 4 ingredients.
1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls
8 large marshmallows
1/4 cup cinnamon sugar (this is very expensive to buy. I use 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1-2 tsp cinnamon)
1/4 cup melted butter
Unroll the dough and cut into 8 squares.
Take a marshmallow, dip in the melted butter then roll in cinnamon sugar.
Wrap the dough around the marshmallow and pinch the seams to seal. This represents Jesus in the tomb.
Place seam side down in a greased muffin pan. Bake at 375F for about 9 minutes. First when I looked in the oven there was marshmallow oozing out of a few and it looked a bit of a mess, but it was ok. I let them cool a couple of minutes and gently lifted the buns out using a spoon, then let cool on a baking rack for about 10 minutes or until room temperature, there is hot melted sugar inside so make sure cool enough before giving to children. Break the first one open together to see the inside, they will be amazed!
Then once cooled we added little icing crosses to the top (just a small tube of bought icing from the baking aisle).
When you break open the bun, the tomb is empty!…..and delicious.
These will be an Easter morning tradition at our house every year.