I know this post is a little late, but I didn’t get time around Easter to edit the photos. I wanted to share this year’s Easter eggs with you. It is such a fun adventure to color them, don’t you think? We used food colors last year. You can read about it in this post.
This year, I wanted to try Chinese marbled tea eggs. The eggs are hard-boiled and cooled first. A pot of tea is prepared and other ingredients, mainly soy sauce, is added. Then the eggshells are lightly cracked (for the marbled look), and simmered in the tea solution and left to cool again, for at least a few hours or even overnight. Which means that you have to plan in advance to make them.
I found different recipes online that called for varying amounts of soy sauce, simmering and steeping times. I think the results will vary depending on all these factors. Here is how mine turned out.
Not bad, eh? Now, take a look at those pretty shells.
The shells looked so pretty, I felt bad tossing them! The eggs themselves have a subtle, lovely flavor of tea and soy sauce.
Here is the recipe that I referred to. I did not use any spices, but you could add some for flavor.
You will need:
- Eggs – 4
- Black tea powder – 2 tbsp
- Soy sauce – 1/4 – 1/2 cup
- Sugar – 1 tsp
- Vinegar – 1 tbsp
- Spices like cinnamon, star anise, citrus rinds, etc (optional)
- Hard-boil the eggs first and let them cool. (Use this trick for perfect hard-boiled eggs every time.) Gently tap on the shells with the back of a spoon, to crack them. The more cracks they have, the more intricate the design will be.
- Simmer a pot of water with the rest of the ingredients. When it boils, return the eggs to the pot and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Make sure there is enough liquid to fully submerge the eggs.
- Once done, cover the pot and let the eggs steep in the solution for at least a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. (Longer time means deeper color and flavor.)
- Peel, admire and devour those eggs!
And since Boy couldn’t contribute much to this, I let him watercolor a hard-boiled egg. I drew some flowers, and he colored them. I did have to touch them up a bit to define the flower shapes. Don’t tell him that, though!
If you are making watercolor eggs, make sure to use non-toxic paint and also consume them fast, because the paint may seep into the shells, if you use a lot of paint.
Look at that proud smile! And yes, he also got many, many eggs on egg hunts and from the Easter bunny!
This year, we were also introduced to Cascarones or confetti eggs. I know what I will be doing for next Easter!
Have you tried any of the above egg coloring methods? What’s your favorite? Do share in the comments.
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