Creating Personalised Easter Eggs at Home
In the run up to Easter, the supermarket shelves are stacked high with chocolate eggs that will be given and eaten over the holiday period. But how about a more sentimental touch? Personalised Easter eggs are a great way to add a unique touch to the celebrations.
Kimberly Lin-McCartney is a Canadian pastry chef who has worked at some of the biggest London hotels, creating hundreds of individual Easter eggs for guests. But she says that making a personal Easter egg at home is much simpler than it sounds.
The essential ingredients and utensils are good quality chocolate, a mould, a digital thermometer and a palette knife. Lin-McCartney’s weapon of choice when it comes to the main ingredient is Valrhona chocolate.
The first step is to melt this down, and use a thermometer to take the temperature and ensure that it is tempered to ensure a glossy shine remains whilst the chocolate is able to be easily poured.
The next step involves ladling the chocolate into the two halves of the mould, and scraping any excess off using the palette knife. Next, the moulds should be turned upside down on greaseproof paper and left to dry.
Once the chocolate is dry and set, it should contract enough to pop easily out of the mould. The edge of one half can then be melted slightly and then pressed gently to the other half in order to join them together to create the final egg.
Whilst this in itself offers a beautiful alternative to the massively stocked, commercially produced personalised chocolate eggs, it can be made even more unique with the addition of various decorations and accompaniments. The opportunities are simply endless for creating your own masterpiece.
They can be individualised by adding a multitude of different sweet surprises. “Use anything and everything: edible shimmer, butterflies from haberdashery stores, coloured marzipan,” says Lin-McCartney.
Once you have decided on your decorations and adornments, they can be added to the egg with the use of a cool spray gun, although a little more tempered chocolate also acts as an effective adhesive to ensure the egg looks as beautiful as it tastes. In addition, the personalised Easter eggs can also be further decorated by etching patterns and shapes into the chocolate using a small stiff-bristled brush or toothbrush.
Not only are personalised Easter eggs a fantastically tasty alternative to the usual supermarket confectionery, they also provide a great opportunity to enjoy the Easter break and have some fun in the kitchen at home.