Easter eggs, also known as Paschal eggs, are decorated eggs for the Christian holiday of Easter. This holiday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. During the Easter season, you will see easter eggs everywhere. Generally, eggs are a symbol of rebirth and fertility in Christianity. The chicken eggs are dyed, painted, and designed in various ways. Also, it is one of the oldest traditions still used in Eastern and Central Europe.
You might have heard about various ways to decorate Easter eggs such as glow-in-the-dark eggs, painted animal eggs, heirloom eggs, sparkling geode eggs, etc. All these Easter eggs are used as decorations for the Easter Holiday. When it comes to making edible Easter eggs, you can make homemade Easter eggs with simple ingredients.
Use Of Easter Eggs In Decorations
In some Mediterranean countries, chicken eggs are boiled and dyed or painted for decoration. On Easter Day, the children would fight with them saying Christ is risen, indeed. They break and eat them. The same use of Easter eggs is done in Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, Romania, North Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Georgia.
On Easter Sunday, family and friends knock each other’s eggs with their own. Also, they believe that if their egg does not break, they will be lucky in the future. In Germany, trees are decorated with Easter eggs. In Ukraine, there was a custom that during the Easter celebrations, they have krashanky, a Ukrainian Easter egg on a table with wheatgrass in the bowl. The number of krashanky represented the number of deceased relatives.
Best Easter Egg Recipes
Easy Easter Egg Recipe
1 bunch fresh asparagus or 16 – 24 spears, washed, trimmed, chopped (set aside tips for garnish)
20 leaves of fresh basil, washed and chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp pine nuts, chopped
2 Tbsp Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated
2-3 Tbsp virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
In a pot of boiling water, blanch the asparagus for 2 minutes. Immediately cool asparagus in ice water and then dry.
Put eggs in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook eggs for 8 minutes. Run eggs under cold water until cool enough to touch. Remove shells and slice them lengthwise. Scoop out the yolks, set them aside.
Put the whites, sliced side up on a serving platter, cover.
Combine basil, garlic, chopped asparagus pine nuts and 1 Tbsp olive oil in a food processor. Process until well blended; add yolks to mixture. While pouring a thin stream of the oil, continue to process until well blended. Only use enough of the oil to make the mixture smooth. Season mixture with salt and pepper as needed.
Spoon mixture into the egg white halves. Top each with an asparagus spear.
Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Homemade Chocolate Easter Eggs
- Cook-And-Serve Pudding Mix – 2 Packages, 3.4 Ounces Each
- Butter – 1/2 Cup, Melted
- 2% Milk – 1/2 Cup
- Confectioners’ Sugar – 5-6 Cups
- Peanut Butter – 2 Cups
- Semisweet Chocolate Chips – 4 Cups
- Shortening – 2 Tsp
- Assorted Sprinkles and Candies
- Combine pudding mixes, milk, and butter in a large saucepan. Put the saucepan over medium heat and cook the mixture until it starts boiling. Cook and stir it for 1 to 2 minutes more to thicken the mixture. Remove it from heat and add peanut butter and sugar. Put it aside and let it cool.
- A 1/2 cup of the mixture should be shaped into an egg. Once all the mixture is shaped into eggs, place them on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate them until set.
- Melt the shortening and chocolate chips in a heavy saucepan or microwave. Stir the mixture until smooth. Now dip the eggs in chocolate and let the excess runoff. Put the dipped eggs back on the waxed paper. Let them sit for a while until set.
- Use candies and assorted sprinkles to your liking and store them in an airtight container.
Hollow Chocolate Easter Egg
- Candy coating – 1/4 cup, white or colored
- Chocolate candy coating – 4 ounces
- Make sure the chocolate mold is completely dry and clean. Thoroughly wipe the inside clean and streak-free to give the best shine possible to the candy.
- If you want to decorate the egg with colorful designs, melt the colored or white candy coating in the microwave while stirring at intervals. Make sure you melt it for 15 to 20 seconds until the coating is smooth and completely melted.
- Pour the melted candy coating into a plastic bag with a hole or you can use a small paintbrush to paint the coating of the Easter egg. Inside the mold, you can make a pattern to your likings such as polka dots, florals, swirls, or stripes. Using alphabets for designing is not a good idea because they appear backward outside the egg. Once you have completed the outer design, refrigerate it for a while to set the design.
- In a microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate candy coating. To prevent it from overheating, stir it every 30 seconds.
- Fill the cavities with several tablespoons of melted chocolate candy coating. Shake it to coat the inside of the cavity. Use a food-safe brush to have a thick layer of chocolate on the sides of the cavities. Make sure to keep the structural integrity with thick layering.
- Use an angled spatula or chef’s knife to clean the top of the mold while the chocolate is still wet. As a result, you will get smooth edges on the finished egg in the mold.
- To set the coating, let the mold rest at room temperature. Once the coating is set, refrigerate it for a while. Invert the mold over the work surface and gently bend the mold to remove the halves of the eggs from the mold. Now fill the egg halves with treats or candies to your liking.
- To glue the egg halves from top to the bottom, spread the melted chocolate around the edges and press them together. However, it will create a messy line around the egg halves. So, you can use an extra layer of chocolate coating to create decorative dots or lines around the egg halves.
Easter Eggs – Best Way To Celebrate Easter Holiday
The practice of making Easter eggs is ancient. Easter eggs can be artificial eggs decorated on trees, whereas edible Easter eggs are made to serve the guests. In some places, chocolate Easter eggs are wrapped in a colored foil. Also, you will find several variations in Easter eggs such as plastic eggs or hand-carved wooden eggs.
If you want to make edible Easter eggs, then you can try easy Tuscan-style Easter eggs with simple ingredients. Also, you can try homemade chocolate Easter eggs or hollow chocolate Easter eggs. Both the chocolate Easter eggs can be topped or filled with assorted sprinkles, candies or treats.