This Easter.

hot cross buns

Hot Cross Buns. This year, I tried sourdough buns with added fruit and spices rather than the normal soft dough enriched with eggs and milk, which was an interesting experiment requiring a strong jaw and good teeth.

easter eggs

Dyed eggs. I thought it would be fun to blow some eggs and decorate them (a result of too much Pinterest). A pinhole in the top, a skewer hole in the bottom of the egg, a little shake of the egg and blow the egg out into a bowl. It sounds so simple and indeed it is if you use old eggs. However, the only white eggs I have are ducks eggs, which start off far more viscous than hens eggs and as they were very fresh, were even harder to blow. After five eggs, I was blown out. The pretty blue eggs were left alone but for the white eggs, I diluted some food colouring with a little water and a spoonful of vinegar, scribbled on the eggs with a wax crayon and dipped them into the food dye.

The eggs are sitting in a string nest, inspired by Jessica’s beautiful and tasteful creations. Turn a bowl upside down and cover it with clingfilm. Then cut garden twine into 1 metre lengths and dip the twine into a bowl of PVA glue thinned with a little water. Drape artfully over the bowl and leave to dry overnight. I mixed a little paper in as well to give the nest a bit of substance.

I planned only to make a couple of nests, but the glue bottle was so old and brittle, that when I squeezed, the bottle cracked into several pieces and glue dripped everywhere. I found an old yoghurt pot and managed to decant most of the glue into that and left it on the side. Realising that the glue looked exactly like yoghurt and fearing that someone would tidy it away into the fridge, I thought I’d better use the rest of it and made some string Easter eggs.

string eggs

The idea is to put chocolate eggs inside a balloon, blow it up and cover it with string dipped in PVA glue. Once the string is dried and stiff, you pop the balloon and fish it out , leaving the chocolate inside and everyone will ooh and aah and wonder at the cleverness of getting large chocolates inside the string casing. Well, I tried to get the chocolates inside the balloons but had to call in help as it was definitely a two person job. I should warn you that a glass of wine, pushing chocolates into a balloon and blowing it up is a recipe for innuendo and silly giggles. I should also warn you that it needs lots of string to go round and round a balloon leaving no big gaps and that you should cut the string before you start dipping your hands into the PVA.

string easter eggs with eggs

I left the string eggs to dry overnight, remembering not to leave them somewhere warm as there was chocolate inside, popped the balloons and hey presto – the chocolates fell out because the gaps were too big. Never mind, they can be poked back in or maybe I’ll just have …

string easter egg

… sculptural balls instead of Easter eggs.

15 thoughts on “Easter

  1. rusty duck says:

    What fun that is!
    I shall definitely be trying the string eggs, so thank you for your warnings on the potential pitfalls. And the sculptural balls would look great piled in a bowl, all year round.


  2. sophiezest says:

    I was very entertained by this post. Thanks! I didn’t make hot cross buns this year (let alone sourdough) because my coeliac mother-in-law is visiting, so I made ‘hot cross muffins’, i.e. containing mixed spice. Quite tasty, but not the same.


  3. andreamynard says:

    Your post made me smile, love your capers with the string eggs, sounds very similar to my crafting attempts, although yours look more appealing to the eye than I would manage. The dyed eggs look fab, fancy giving those a go, though I’m already imagining the state I’m going to get in.


    • Anne @GtSlamseysFarm says:

      It was particularly annoying that after the hassle of trying to get the eggs into the balloons, the wretched things fell out through the gaps of the string. Next year (maybe) I’ll try to make some eggs like the beautifuly ones on your blog.


  4. knitsofacto says:

    All that blowing and squeezing … I’m not surprised there was ‘innuendo and silly giggles’ ;D

    I think it’s only right that the chocolates fell out, by the way, being able to see chocolate but not being able to get at it to eat it is just so wrong 😉


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