We have started to get ready for the Easter weekend.
This year, we dyed the first of our eggs with tissue paper. I’ve never used this method before, but a friend showed me earlier this week and her eggs looked so lovely.
Our colours came out a bit more watercolour-like than hers, I think because we smoothed the paper down instead of just popping it on.
To make these lovely eggs, just rip tissue paper into small pieces, dip them in water and cover your egg with them. It’s perfect to do with the kids, and also works well for blown-out eggs, because it’s such a gentle method and the eggs won’t break.
Once the paper starts to dry it will come off easily and reveal you pretty eggs.
Because we smoothed our paper down so much, it sometimes got a little stuck. I was tempted to leave the paper on one of them, it looked to beautiful – but then I was too curious to see how it looked underneath!
Only make sure to cover your table (that’s a lesson I learned!). Your fingers will also get stained; that put Kaya off a bit, so he started doing the washing up a bit early.
Before we blow out our eggs, we poke the inside with a wooden skewer, that breaks the yolk and makes it much easier to blow everything out!
We used our eggs straight away to make a simnel cake. Another first for me!
We used this recipe, with a few modifications to fit our pantry. Instead of all those different kinds of dried things, I used about 375g of mixed dried fruit I still had at home, and only about half the sugar.
A simnel cake is decorated with eleven marzipan balls to represent the twelve apostles, minus Judas. Kaya was in charge of those as well as the mixing and rolling out the marzipan layers. He was a bit sad his decorations didn’t make it all the way around the cake, but he didn’t want to space them out more evenly either. A smiley cake it is now!
Kaya decided that it was his favourite toy car VW Tiguan’s birthday yesterday, so we had to have a slice straight away and sing Happy Birthday. Three times!
Tomorrow morning we’ll be making Hot Cross Buns. I made these Chocolate and Cherry ones before, but I think this time we’ll go for the traditional version.
There’ll also be eggs to boil and decorate; maybe a less messy version for my fussy boy. I have some red cabbage, onion peel and turmeric waiting.
How do you dye your eggs?
Do you have any seasonal baking planned for this weekend?