One of my favorite traditions as a child was dying eggs at Easter. Things haven’t changed much. I still get a bit giddy and the thought of whipping out the food dye and vinegar and coloring the little oval beauties.
This year has shaped up to be the best year in egg dying since I was, like, 12. First, my parents chickens finally graced the world with fresh eggs. Luckily, I’m a benefactor to the stubborn hen’s burst of productivity and was able to get my hands on some brown eggs for dying. In addition, my excitement has been amplified by inspiration a-plenty on Pinterest as I was introduced revolutionary things such as neon food dye and electrical tape as a stencil.
Then, this morning, the greatest idea since sliced bread popped up in my facebook feed. My friend Heidi at Olive Observer posted a tutorial on how to “hard bake” your Easter eggs. Super… duper… brilliant (and super, duper easy). This is what you do:
Preheat your oven to 350°. Place one egg in each hole of your muffin tin. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
A trick from Martha Stewart: use electrical tape as a stencil. They don’t come off in the water and peel off beautifully when you’re all done. Just make sure your eggs are totally dry before put on the tape or the tape won’t stick. We dyed a few eggs first then put on the stencils. I’m obsessed with geometrics and triangles, so my stencils were pretty basic. Someone a bit more creative or ambitious could do some pretty sweet stuff.
Our pretty little eggs :)