Most Beautiful Easter Eggs!
For the better part of 40-something years, I’ve been a PAAS girl, getting that indelible green dye everywhere and writing crooked names with the invisible crayon, but three years ago I was saved. A friend sent me a link to a fantastic blog with an article, here, about how to make the most gorgeous Easter eggs with silk ties. What?! No, green dye going everywhere? No invisble crayon? I’m in!
I enlisted the help of two friends and we set out in search of silk ties, boxers, shirts, anything silk we could get our hands on, raiding local salvation army’s, garage sales and good ol’ dad’s closet. This project is not for the faint of heart and takes a while but it is so worth it and will elicit ooohs and aaahs from whoever sees them. The level of details that transfers to the eggs from the silk is amazing. We’ve been doing it for three years now and it still takes our breath away.
So what started out as a fun project one weekend has turned into a yearly tradition that now spans two generations—my friend’s four-year-old daughter is in charge of unwrapping the eggs for the big unveil. OK, ready to roll?! Here are the instructions. Have fun! I’m sure the Easter Bunny will appreciate it when he hops on by.
Items you’ll need: 100% silk, kitchen twine or twisties, 100% white cotton, white eggs, vinegar, vegetable oil, large pot, small sharp scissors
Step 1. Gather (buy, borrow…) silk ties, scarves, boxers, shirts, etc… For the ties, you’ll need to unravel the seams, take out the felt, and spread out the silk. You can usually get 3 small or 2 medium eggs covered out of one tie. I’d do this the day before as it is a bit tedious and takes a while.
Step 2. Cut the silk into squares and wrap them INSIDE OUT around the eggs (the outside bright pattern should be against the egg) as tight as you can without crushing them. Secure with a twistie or kitchen twine at the top. Try to get the silk as flat as you can against the egg.
Step 3. Cut 100% white cotton (sheet, pillow case, cloth) into squares and wrap each egg again and secure tightly with a twistie or kitchen twine at the top.
Step 4. Gently place eggs in one layer standing up in a pot, cover with water plus a 1/2 inch, add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes.
Step 5. Take eggs out gently and set on paper towels to cool completely, about 20 minutes. You’re going to want to peek, we sure did (!), but resist the urge and let the color set. You’ll be glad you did.
Step 6. The Unveil! Unwrap the eggs and gently pat dry with a paper towel. Rub with vegetable oil to make them shiny and the colors come alive. Wait for oooohs and aaaahs…
The Easter Bunny would be proud! I know we were!
Laura Pauli is a dot com refugee who left the crashing world of hi-tech in 2003 to follow her dream of a culinary life to New York City’s French Culinary Institute and then over the ocean to France for three years to cook in a three Michelin star restaurant, a lobster boat, at the Cannes Film Festival, at the DaVinci Code chateau, and at the sweetest place in the world, Pierre Herme Patisserie, home of the world famous macarons. Laura divides her time between Paris and San Francisco doing hi-tech marketing consulting to fund her culinary passion Laura blogs at Cucina Testa Rossa where you’ll find more photos of these eggs, here .