Forget the yearly trip to the shops, the battle with the crowds, and the leftover plastic and cardboard. This year, why not try making Easter eggs yourself? It’s a fun activity that the whole family gets to enjoy, there’s a feeling of satisfaction at having created something, plus you get to lick the spoon afterwards!
The good news is that it’s not as difficult as you may be imagining. Yes, there is some preparation required, but we’ll chalk that down to family time well spent. You will need to get your hands on some Easter egg moulds, but otherwise the ingredients and tools are pretty straightforward. We haven’t given quantities for how much chocolate you’ll need, as it depends on the size of your moulds.Remember that it’s easier to work with more chocolate than you need. This gives you some extra for decoration…or to simply enjoy when you’re done.
- Make sure that your moulds are clean, and polish the insides with cotton wool or a piece of paper kitchen towel. Then wipe the inside of each mould with a piece of kitchen paper dampened with a little flavourless oil.
- Heat the chocolate by breaking it into small, even pieces and melt it gently in a bowl over a saucepan of hot, but not boiling, water. Make sure that the bowl isn’t touching the water; it’s the steam that should be melting the chocolate.
- Add several spoonfuls of the tempered chocolate to the moulds and rotate the mould so that the chocolate covers it fully, right up to the edge. Pour out any excess chocolate and clean off the edges.
- Leave the chocolate to set. Then repeat the process several times to build up a good layer of chocolate in each mould. Leave to chill in a cool place until fully set.
- Carefully remove the egg halves from the mould. Make sure the egg is released from the mould, but leave the mould over it for a few minutes. This ensures that if the egg is very cold, the condensation will form on the mould rather than the egg itself.
- To stick the halves together, heat a baking sheet and place the edges of two halves on it for a few seconds to melt the edges. Then gently push the two halves together and hold until stuck.
- If you want to decorate your eggs, you can pipe on an inscription. Or, make a pattern out of chocolate as the first layer in the mould, preferably with a contrasting colour of chocolate, before doing the layering process.
And voila, you should now have your very own Easter eggs. If anything went wrong, at least you still have Easter egg pieces and, let’s face it, they were going to be smashed open anyways.
If you need any baking equipment, call into any Harvey Norman store or browse our selection online.
We hope you enjoy creating your very own Easter eggs with your family. Happy Easter!
In Short: Instead of buying an Easter egg this year, why not try your hand at making your own. It’s not as difficult as you might think. Let us show you how.