It’s Easter, time for eggs in all their forms, chocolate amongst them. On Sunday I’m hosting an underground brunch with Easter Egg hunt.
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I’ve been playing about with eggs, that pagan symbol for spring, dying them different ways. Michel Roux’s book ‘Eggs’ is a great resource. In China tea eggs are a popular street snack: you boil eggs, then lightly crack the shells and simmer them in tea with a little salt for an hour. Once the shells are off, the white eggs have a tinted tea marbled surface. You can also do this with food colouring, soy sauce or orange juice to obtain different colours.
I also dyed eggs with soaked onion skins which stains the shells; in Russia they do this with herbs.
Here is a link to the method.
I made hot cross buns from Gin and Crumpets recipe, except I substituted mixed peel and dried fruit for raisins. Another tweak to her recipe: I piped on the crosses rather than spooned them. Leave the cross dough to set for a while, it will give a stronger line. I also thought ‘why stick to crosses?’ and did some with symbols for Anarchy, Venus and the peace sign.
Have fun this Easter…