It’s almost that time of year again, when we get to gorge ourselves silly on tasty chocolate treats, all in the name of Easter.
But this year, rather than buying a bunch of Easter eggs from the supermarket we thought we might try making our own. If you fancy following in our culinary footsteps, here’s a guide to making your own chocolate eggs-travaganza (sorry we can’t help ourselves!)
What you’ll need
- Chocolate; dark, milk, white or all three. About 300g should make eight small eggs.
- Easter egg moulds; you can pick these up in most specialist cook shops or on good old eBay.
- A saucepan, heat-proof bowl, spoons and pastry brush.
- Icing, piping bags, food colouring and your choice of sweets to decorate.
Making your own Easter eggs is easy peasy. First you need to temper the chocolate (don’t be tempted to stick it in the microwave, or you’ll end up with
a burnt mess). To temper chocolate simply break it up into small pieces, place in a heat-proof bowl and pop over a saucepan full of water, on a gentle heat. Stir until melted.
While the chocolate is cooling slightly, it’s time to prep your moulds by polishing the inside with oil. This will prevent your eggs from sticking and also give them a shiny appearance like shop bought ones.
Now you’re ready to start making the eggs. You spoon your melted chocolate into the moulds and use a pastry brush to spread it into a thick even layer. You can then leave it to cool upside down so that any excess chocolate drips off. After ten minutes or so, repeat this process another two or three times until you have a lovely thick egg in each mould.
Leave to set in a cool place.
Once the chocolate has hardened, you can remove the egg halves from the moulds and stick them together by gently warming the edges so they soften and then pushing them together.
Now it’s time for the real fun; decorating your eggs! You can let your creative sides run wild and use coloured icing to pipe designs on, or ice blobs all over the
egg and stick sweets on.
To keep your eggs still while you decorate, why not pop them on top of a mug or egg cup?
- If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try filling your eggs with sweets before sealing the two halves together?
- If you want truly colourful eggs, you can buy coloured chocolate candy melts from most supermarkets.
- A great way to heat the edges before you stick the eggs together is to briefly pop them down on a warm baking tray. Don’t leave them too long though!