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Get creative in the kitchen this Easter

In preparation for Easter, we’re sharing this incredible Easter inspired cob loaf from Australian Eggs!

A must have dish at any Australian celebration, this version of a cob loaf puts a unique twist on an Aussie classic and is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser (especially with the kids!).

Australian eggs are a popular food amongst many Australians due to their many health benefits and versatile nature. From baking cakes to savoury frittata’s, eggs are used for a number of dishes.

Australians consume 17 million eggs every day, with farmers working around the clock to supply a range of fresh eggs and egg products to suit everyone.

In the 2018/29 financial year, farmers produced 6.22 billion eggs (or 518.1 million dozen eggs) with the majority of eggs produced coming from New South Wales, following by Victoria and Queensland.

The production, and value, of Australian eggs continue to rise as Australian consumers go nuts for fresh, Australian grown eggs.

Ingredients

7 eggs

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 brown onion, finely diced

4 rashers bacon, finely diced

2/3 cup sour cream

1/2 cup whole egg mayonnaise

2 tbs finely chopped chives

1 lemon, finely grated rind and 1 tablespoon juice

250g frozen spinach, thawed

Crusty cob bread

2 thin hotdog rolls

2 black olives

1 bunch baby carrots, trimmed, peeled and halved, for dipping

1 packet qukes, halved lengthways

1 each red and yellow capsicums, sliced

Method

Place eggs into a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Place over a high heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and cool. Peel eggs and cut to centre slices from one of the eggs and reserve. Chop remaining eggs and place into a large bowl.

Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and bacon and cook for 10 minutes or until tender and bacon is golden. Cool. Add to chopped egg.

Add sour cream, mayonnaise, chives, lemon rind and lemon juice to egg mixture. Squeeze liquid from spinach and discard. Add the spinach to egg mixture. Stir until well combined. Season.

Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Trim top off cob to create a lid and remove soft bread from base leaving a 2cm border. Tear bread into 3cm pieces and place onto prepared baking tray. Spray with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes or until golden and crisp, adding the cob for the final 10 minutes. Cool.

Place base of cob onto a large board. Position top of cob above base forming the rabbit’s head. Trim hotdog rolls and place under head to form rabbit ears. Add reserved egg slices to rabbit head along with 2 slices of black olives for the eyes. Use chives as the whiskers and a slice of black olive for the nose. Spoon egg mixture into cob base. Serve rabbit with toasted bread, carrots, qukes and capsicum. 

For more facts about Australian eggs, and to explore more great recipes like this one, visit Australian Eggs.

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