Easter is almost here and we can’t wait for our basket of rainbow hued Easter eggs. Yes yes, we know. We have to toil our way through the Easter egg hunt to get our hands on those yummilicious tempting little fellows.
Clueless about Easter eggs?
Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are decorated eggs that are usually used as gifts on the occasion of Easter. The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs wrapped in colorful foil, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as chocolate and other sweet treats.
Symbolism of Easter egg?
Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth, in Christianity, for the celebration of Easter. Easter eggs symbolize the sealed tomb of Jesus, from which he resurrected.
Now, growing up can get a little depressing for most of us as we are cut out of our sweet treats that we used to happily indulge in and be showered with on each special occasion, especially Easter. In these grilling times when budget constraints don’t allow us to over indulge, the soaring prices of Easter eggs are just disheartening.
So, we thought of a fun alternative. Our motto: Don’t splurge, be creative instead.
We have some fun DIY Easter egg recipes that will sure bring out the best in you. Why not treat yourself and your loved ones with homemade Easter eggs adding your personal touch to the outcome. You can even get together with your family members and show your creative frenzy on the eggs of your creation. Or, you can surprise your loved ones by not being a couch potato and doing something special for them this holiday weekend.
We don’t mind getting our hands a little dirty to bring a smile on our loved ones faces. Do you? Go ahead guys make your neighbours go green with envy as you show your fun and skilled creative side.
And what’s more, after making the egg, you can decorate it to suit your fancy with emojis, ribbons, colours, colorful glitter etc. Decorating eggs is easy and inexpensive, requiring only a simple mix of food coloring, water, and vinegar. Using these, you can create a rainbow of beautiful eggs for your Easter basket.
Homemade chocolate Easter eggs
- 300g/10½oz dark chocolate(70% cocoa solids) or milk chocolate
- icing for piping Easter eggs
- Egg moulds
- Polish the inside of each mould with a piece of paper kitchen towel. Then dampen a piece of kitchen towel with a little flavourless oil, sunflower will do, and polish the inside of each mould with the oil. This ensures a highly polished finish to the chocolate and also helps to release the set chocolate from the mould.
- It is essential to temper the chocolate – this is a method of heating and cooling chocolate for coating or moulding. The heating and cooling separates the cocoa solids and ensures the set chocolate will have a high gloss and smooth finish. To temper the chocolate you will need a cooking thermometer, a heat-proof bowl and saucepan of hot water. Break the chocolate into small, even pieces and melt gently in a bowl over a saucepan of hot, not boiling, water. Place the thermometer into the chocolate and heat until it reaches 43C/110F. Take off the heat and cool to 35C/95F. Now it is ready to use.
- Pour spoonfuls of the chocolate into each mould. Swirl around until coated, use the pastry brush if necessary and then remove excess chocolate. Leave to set, flat side down on a surface, like a large tray, covered in greaseproof paper. Fill each mould in the same way. You will have to repeat the process another two or three times to build up a good layer of chocolate in each mould. Wait for about 20 minutes for the chocolate to set in between layers. Draw a clean ruler or the flat edge of a knife across the chocolate to ensure a clean edge every time you add a layer. This is important so that the two sides of the egg stick together evenly. Leave to chill in a larder or cool place until set.
- Carefully un-mould the egg halves and place on a clean surface taking care not to handle the chocolate too much as it will start to melt from the heat of your hands.
- To stick the two edges of an egg together, heat a baking sheet and then place the edges of two halves on it for a few seconds, then gently push the edges together.
- To decorate the eggs, sit an egg in a glass or small cup and use as a stand while you pipe your desired message on the egg. You can wrap your eggs in cellophane wrap and label them to give away or place them in a basket and offer them to guests.
There are various flavours for Easter egg like the Marzipan Easter egg, the sweet treats filled Easter eggs, the Jell-O Easter egg, the Peanut butter Easter egg, the Oreo Easter egg, etc. whatever you tastebuds fancy can be used to form an Easter egg.