This is not my favourite holiday, but has been a busy one this year.
The weather is beautiful today and while Shawn has been in the backyard, sanding the wooden rocking horse he is building for our little blue-eyed beauty, I have been decorating orange-scented Armenian Easter cakes called Paska my godmother made for us. She bakes them in big coffee cans, the way my grandmother used to.
Reputed to be very difficult to make (I will look into this for you), most people just resort to picking one up from a local Armenian bakery.
Since I love a good challenge, you know I am going to be testing recipes for next Easter. And the one at the top of my to-do list is my godmother's. She did all the hard work and I get the fun part of decorating them.
Real marzipan was tinted with a few drops of food coloring and rolled out to about 1/8th of an inch thickness. I placed a plate over the top and traced around the plate with a sharp knife.
It was centered over a round paper doily and draped over the cake. After sprinkling with some powdered sugar, a bowl placed over the top helped shape it around the paska.
Two were made as I had two cakes, one blue and one peachy-red. I mixed powdered sugar with a few drops of water as glue to decorate the tops flowers, small plastic birds, even 3 Cadbury eggs. (Yes, I do keep count.)
One is blue with bright orange poppies, a teeny bluebird and golden cross.
The red one has a couple of birds and 3 pink-speckled chocolate eggs on top.
On the back sits a teeny Chi Chai Monchan monkey and plastic daisy that is really just a button.
They look fabulous!
The day started with a breakfast mainly of hard-boiled eggs, because we had to decorate them for Easter, anyway. Afterwards, Daisy and I got right to work.
A simple formula of food colouring, vinegar and hot water was perfect for dying the eggs. They dried quickly so we used ordinary clear Elmer's glue and fine glitter to decorate them.
Manicure stickers made the cutest embellishments. One has little heart-shaped Union Jacks all over it.
We even have a Hello Kitty egg. That one is Daisy's favourite.
Glittery Easter Eggs
Decorates 2 dozen
Notes: We used 2 shades of fine glitter and 4 shades of egg dye. Experiment with your own favourite colours.
What to Get
Newspaper or vinyl tablecloth to protect work surface
24 hard-boiled free-range white eggs
4 coffee mugs
4 big spoons
4 tsp white vinegar
2 cups boiling water
Elmer's clear glue (non-toxic)
2 paintbrushes (so you can work with your own li'l buddy)
2 small bowls
2 little spoons
3 Tb green glitter
3 Tb copper-gold glitter
What to Do
Cook eggs in boiling water for 10 minutes.
Eat a Mini Chocolate Egg.
Remove any cracked ones and eat them the same day.
While the eggs are cooling, boil a teapot of water.
Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water each into 4 coffee mugs.
Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar into each.
For the food colouring, do the following:
Blue mug = 30 drops
Green mug = 25 drops
Pink mug = 30 drops of red colouring
Orange mug = 20 drops red + 8 drops yellow
Using a spoon, gently settle an egg into each mug.
Turn the spoon so that it keeps the egg immersed
under the liquid.
Set a kitchen timer to 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove the coloured eggs and
gently place them into the empty egg carton.
Repeat until all eggs have been dyed.
Pour glitter into bowls.
Eat another Mini Chocolate Egg.
Once the eggs have dried (~10 minutes), use a
paintbrush to apply glue over the shell in a random
Put the egg into a bowl and gently roll around the glitter
with a small spoon.
Transfer back to egg carton to finish drying.
Once dry, apply manicure stickers to areas that
have not been covered with glitter.
Display proudly on your Easter table.
Spring is a wonderful time of year that everyone can celebrate. The trees are covered in blossoms, baby birds are heard chirping, the sun comes out of hibernation and makes everything shine. And the Easter Bunny brings plenty of good chocolate.
Daisy and I are now covered in glitter, but we do not really mind because we had so much fun together.
Celebrate the season with these beautiful eggs that will add sparkle to your spring-time table.