How to make chocolate Easter eggs

Homemade Easter eggs make a lovely gift...
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  • Follow our simple how to make chocolate Easter eggs guide to learn how to make perfect chocolate eggs with and without a mould.

    When making chocolate Easter eggs from scratch choose good quality chocolate. This is not only important for taste but will also be easier to work with. Discover more about the best chocolate to use in our guide on how to melt chocolate.

    For a professional-looking egg that has a lovely sheen and satisfying snap, it’s important to temper chocolate before setting it in the moulds. Moulds come in all shapes and sizes, read on to discover some of our best buys below.

    When it comes to wrapping your chocolate Easter eggs you can be creative. For a large egg, a pretty fabric tied with a bow looks very impressive, cellophane is ideal for showing off your chocolate creations. Alternatively for an understated rustic look baking parchment with a big bright bow is a classy look. For smaller eggs, you could repurpose an egg carton or use an egg cup for a whimsical gift.

    There are tonnes of cheap supermarket Easter eggs readily available to buy, but making your Easter egg from scratch is much easier than you may think…

    *How to prepare to make an Easter egg
    *How to make an Easter egg
    *Top tips for making an Easter egg
    *How to decorate an Easter egg
    *Where to buy Easter egg moulds
    *How to make an Easter egg without a mould

    Two ways to wrap chocolate eggs

    How to prepare to make an Easter egg

    Start by collecting all of the equipment and ingredients that you will need to make Easter eggs. Make sure that the moulds are clean and dry. Be careful when handling the moulds as if you mark or scratch the inside this will affect the final egg. Chef and former Woman’s Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon suggests wearing cotton gloves (get white ones from chemists) when handling the eggs to avoid getting finger marks on them.

    To clean chocolate moulds use a non-abrasive cloth and warm water. Once clean soft cotton wool is ideal to polish the mould to remove any moisture, dust, or grease. The shinier the mould, the shiner the chocolate will be when it comes out of it.

    Clear a space in the fridge large enough to set the eggs for 10-20 mins.

    It’s easiest to melt more chocolate than you need. That way you can easily swirl the chocolate around the mould. The excess chocolate can always be set on a sheet of baking parchment and re-used, so nothing will go to waste.

    Cleaning the mould

    How to make an Easter egg

    To make Easter eggs you will need:

    • Chocolate, you will need about 500g of chocolate per large egg
    • Easter egg moulds
    • Thermometer
    • a large metal bowl and saucepan with a little water in
    • Spatula
    • Pallet knife
    • Ice water
    • A tea towel
    • A sheet of baking paper on a tray or board that will fit into the fridge

    How to make an Easter egg: Step 1

    Break the chocolate into the large metal bowl. Place this over a pan of just simmering water allowing the steam to slowly melt the chocolate, mixing occasionally.

    How to make an Easter egg: Step 2

    Once the chocolate has melted remove the bowl from the heat and plunge the base into a bowl filled with ice water. Mixing all the time, reduce the temperature of the chocolate until a thin layer begins to set on the edge of the bowl. Now briefly place the bowl back over the hot water, allowing the temperature to climb to, but not exceed: for dark 32C, milk 30C or white 28C. Remove the bowl and dry the bottom. You have now tempered the chocolate.

    How to make a chocolate Easter egg, pouring the chocolate into the mould

    How to make an Easter egg: Step 3

    Pour or spoon the chocolate into the clean mould. Tilt the mould so the chocolate evenly covers the entirety of the egg shape.

    How to make a chocolate Easter egg

    How to make an Easter egg: Step 4

    Flip the mould over the bowl of chocolate and tap the back of the mould firmly so that the excess chocolate pours back into the bowl. Draw a palette knife along the top of the mould to give a straight edge.

    How to make an Easter egg: Step 5

    Now place the mould chocolate edge down onto the baking parchment on a tray and put into the fridge for 10-20 mins to set. Repeat the process with the other moulds if using.

    How to make an Easter egg: Step 6

    Remove the mould from the fridge and leave for 20 mins at room temperature before turning out the egg. Ensure the egg is released from the mould, but leave the mould over the egg for a few minutes, so that if the egg is very cold, any condensation will form on the mould and not on the egg. Remove the mould.

    How to make an Easter egg: Step 7

    sticking a chocolate egg togetherTo stick the halves together, heat a baking sheet in a hot oven for a few minutes. Wearing gloves, take two matching egg halves and hold them briefly on the hot tray just to melt the edges, then press the halves together, holding until stuck. Leave the join to set completely.

    Top tips for making an Easter egg

    • If you are concerned that your chocolate coating is not thick enough you can add an additional layer of chocolate. Just repeat the method.
    • To make the tempering process easier and cleaner we use an infrared laser thermometer to check the chocolate temperature. It takes a reading from the surface of the chocolate, just make sure you give the chocolate a good mix before taking a reading.
    • Wear cotton or latex gloves when handling the chocolate egg, as bare hands may leave fingerprints.
    • Once the eggs are set they can be stored at room temperature, but be mindful of keeping them out of direct sunlight.

    How to decorate an Easter egg

    To create a set-in contrasting design, use two colours of chocolate. Fill a piping bag with one colour and cut off the end to give a small hole. Before adding the main colour chocolate pipe a pattern across mould, in several directions. This could be swirls or zigzags or even writing, although bear in mind you will have to write backwards.

    Use a small palette knife to remove surplus from around the top of the mould. Leave to set, then coat the mould with the contrasting colour chocolate as in the method above.

    decorating a chocolate egg mould

    For a tasty surprise, you could also add extra chocolates to the inside of the egg. Before sticking the two halves together pop in a few nibbly chocolates such as Maltsters, Smarties, or Mini Eggs inside.

    A very easy and classy decoration is to use edible luster. You can use a brush to spread this on the mould prior to adding the chocolate or brush directly onto the finished egg. Or for a more elaborate design, you could use royal icing to pipe a colourful pattern.

    Where to buy Easter egg moulds

    The eggs will need to set in the moulds for a minimum of 40 mins, so if you are looking to make lots of eggs it’s much faster to buy lots of moulds and make them at once, rather than waiting to de-mould the eggs and starting again.

    Translucent moulds are easier to use as you can easily see how well the chocolate has coated the mould.

    Lakeland Easter Egg Moulds

     

    Chocolate egg mould

     

    What’s included: Lakeland is a super destination for everything baking. This pack contains three moulds, enough moulds to make 1 large egg and 36 mini eggs at a time.

    VIEW AT LAKELAND | £3.99

    Lakeland Animal Chocolate Mould Kit

     

    Chocolate egg mould

     

    What’s included: For something, a little different try this novelty egg-making kit. It includes an egg mould that acts as the body, and then a range of additional moulds to make fun features the can be added to create chocolate creatures. We think it would be a really fun option to make with kids.

    VIEW AT LAKELAND | £7.99

    Decora Polycarbonate Egg Mould

     

    What’s included: Hard polycarbonate moulds are the easiest to use and most durable, however, they are typically more expensive. This great quality polycarbonate mould is sturdy. It makes one 15cm x 10cm large egg. This is the mould that we use every year.

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £16

    Diamond Eggs Shape Polycarbonate Chocolate Mold

     

    Chocolate egg mould

     

    What’s included: For a contemporary-looking egg we love this diamond-patterned mould. There is a variety of different sizes available.

    VIEW AT AMAZON | from £12.99

    Argos Home Egg Shaped Chocolate Mould

     

    Chocolate egg mould

     

    Silicone moulds like this one can be a little trickier to use when making hollow eggs. But ideal if you’re looking to make solid chocolate eggs. The fun patterns mean this would be ideal for decorating Easter bakes and cakes.

    VIEW AT ARGOS | £5

    How to make an Easter egg without a mould

    The easiest way to make an Easter egg is by using a mould. However, if you don’t have a conventional mould you may be able to repurpose something else.

    You could be inventive and use plastic egg-shaped packaging. Often Easter eggs come in plastic that could be used as a mould. Alternatively, you could use a real eggshell to make mini chocolate eggs.

    To do this make a neat hole in the base to remove the egg inside. Wash the shell and allow it to dry thoroughly before filling it with chocolate. Chill in the fridge for one hour before cracking off the shell to reveal a chocolate egg. To make these look more fun use a variety of chocolates.

    Chocolate Easter eggs made in an egg shell

    Another idea is to buy an Easter egg and decorate it using slightly watered-down royal icing in a piping bag. This is a great way to decorate chocolate eggs because you can use a variety of colour and even use different piping nozzles to create shapes. The icing sets firm and looks really impressive.

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