It’s time to get creative. Why not save a bit of money and make your very own Easter eggs? You’ll have an afternoon of fun and the end result will mean a whole load of scrumptious chocolate eggs.
You’ll need to buy the following ingredients from a local supermarket:
400g of quality cooking chocolate – this will be enough for 2 large eggs
Easter egg moulds which are available from most craft stores
Here’s how to make your very own Easter eggs:
Step One – Break down the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a heatproof bowl that will easily fit over a saucepan. Add a small amount of water to the saucepan and bring it to a gentle simmer. Place the bowl over the saucepan whilst leaving the water to simmer. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Keep the heat as low as possible whilst the water is simmering as this will prevent the chocolate from overheating and seizing.
Step Two – Use a small ladle and fill the Easter Egg mould about a quarter full with the melted chocolate. Tilt the mould to make sure the chocolate covers the whole of the mould and then tip any excess chocolate back into the bowl. Clean up the edges of the mould and place it aside for around 10 minutes whilst the chocolate sets.
Step Three – Once your chocolate has set, pour in another ladleful of melted chocolate and twist the mould to ensure that it is evenly covered. If the chocolate had become too hard, gently reheat over the simmering water until the chocolate is pourable. Place the mould on the side to set.
Step Four – Repeat this process 3/4 times until the chocolate is thick enough. Make sure the edges of the mould are kept clean otherwise you will be left with a jagged edge. Place the egg halves in the fridge for around 2 hours whilst the chocolate sets.
Step Five – To remove the egg halves from the mould, gently but firmly pull the corners of the mould which will allow the egg to pop out. Melt some more chocolate and dip one-half of the egg into the melted chocolate. Quickly stick 2 of the egg halves together and hold together firmly for a few moments whilst allowing the chocolate to set. Place the egg in the fridge for another 10 minutes to completely set.
Step Six – You can then go ahead and decorate your egg however you wish. We would recommend placing your chocolate egg in a glass, a small cup or a bowl which can be used as a stand whilst you pipe your desired message or pattern to your egg. You can then wrap your egg in sellotape wrap and label them to give them to friends/family.