John’s Easter Eggs
From warm hot cross buns filled with sweet, strawberry jam to copious amounts of chocolate, we’re excited to hop, skip and…eat our way into the Easter weekend. We’re starting the celebrations with a recipe from Foxhill’s John Broughton and his beautifully hand-painted Easter eggs.
John’s Top Tips
First and arguably the most important part of getting the moulds ready is to polish them. To do this make sure they are extremely clean then dry with paper towel, make sure they are completely dry as any water left will ruin your chocolate.
Once dried, using cotton wool pads, polish the inside surface of the mould and be careful not to touch it afterwards.
John’s Easter Egg Recipe
Creating the colours:
- I find it easier and more consistent to buy premixed coloured cocoa butter but you can make your own if you’d like.
- To prepare the cocoa butter ready for paining you’ll need to heat it in a tub that has a secure lid. I heat it in the microwave, with the lid off, in 10 second bursts until it is between 40-50 degrees.
- Once at the right temperature secure the lid, shake well and leave to cool.
- Once the mix is around 35 degrees shake until it reaches 31 degrees and it’s then ready to use.
- If the cocoa butter becomes too cold it will set. If this happens, repeat this process to make it workable again.
- Once the colours are ready you can flick, paint, blob or spay whatever colours and designs you wish onto your eggs (just make sure to let one colour set before adding another so they don’t run and mix together).
Making the chocolate:
- Tempering the chocolate sounds scary to a lot of people but it can be done at home quite easily. There are many methods, but I find this method the easiest and most consistent, it uses mycryo which sounds fancy and cheffy. However, all it’s is cocoa butter that has the right crystals to temper chocolate. You can buy mycryo easily online.
- In a bain-marie melt 700g of milk chocolate to 45 degrees then remove from the heat.
- Add the remaining 300g of chocolate and stir well until all is melted and it’s a smooth consistency.
- Keep stirring the chocolate until it reaches 34 degrees then add the 10g of mycryo. Stir until dissolved and then the chocolate is ready to use.
Putting your eggs together:
- You’ll need to warm the moulds slightly to around 20 degrees. The best way to do this is with a heat gun or hair dryer (be careful not to warm them too much or the cocoa butter will melt).
- Next ladle the chocolate into the moulds to fill the eggs completely and tap the edge to release any air bubbles in the chocolate.
- Once all the air bubbles are out, turn the mould out back into the chocolate and gently tap the mould once or twice to release any excess chocolate. Then place upside down on baking parchment for around 5 minutes.
- Next turn upright and leave in a cool room (ideally 15-18 degrees) until completely set, ideally leave overnight.
- To turn out gently bend the mould, you may need to nudge the eggs slightly as friction will hold them in the mould.
- To stick together paint the rim with melted chocolate and gently place to two halves together.
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