How to make an edible resurrection garden

This is ideal for Easter Sunday lunch and can either be made with a group of kids in Sunday School or just with a child you’re looking after at home; simply chat about how each step connects to the resurrection as you go along…

So here’s how to make a snack/teaching aid.

Ingredients:
Ready made puff pastry sheets
1 crusty individual bread roll per person (tiger bread is ideal)
Some green and brown dips, i.e. guacamole, hummus, chutney, pesto, barbecue sauce.
Cheddar or some other yellow cheese with a similar consistency (optional)

How to make:
Lay your puff pastry sheet out and carve three sturdy cross shapes each from it (go wider than you think; dainty crosses will likely fall apart when you peel them off the tray). Line a tray with baking paper and put your crosses in the oven and cook according to the packet’s instructions. What happened on the cross? Who are the other crosses for? Can you remember what they talked about?

Put your crusty roll on a chopping board the right way up and cut downwards about 1cm from the edge. You should have one thin slice and then the bulk of the roll.

Taking the larger bit of roll, pull the nice soft bread out of the middle, you now have your empty tomb. Why was the tomb empty? Why does that matter?

If you have cheese, cut it into rays of light, and arrange around the entrance of your tomb. Use some chutney or something sticky to help hold it in place (but don’t expect too  much from it). Stick the slice of your roll just off to one side. What did the women see when they looked into the tomb?

Don’t throw away your bread centre but use it a the stones in the garden. Spread it out on the plate in front of your tomb and blob the dips of your choice on top to make a garden. I’d go for guacamole on the plate to one side of the tomb as lumpy grass,  a chutney path leading to the entrance, and pesto moss covered bread rocks on the other side. Who met Jesus in the garden? What did he say to her?

Prop your pastry crosses up. Admire. Then eat.

This recipe (if you can call putting stuff on a plate a recipe) is my own but the idea is based on a half remembered recipe by Suzi Bentley-Taylor and Bekah Moore in their book Bake through the Bible.