Each year since I can remember I have made marbled eggs for Easter Sunday breakfast.
For me, coming from a home of few traditions, this started after the birth of my second child when money was really tight that year and the Easter bunny had no chocolate eggs for my toddler…so, I made her some hideously bright purple marbled eggs that I had remembered seeing in an old copy of one of my mother’s Your Family magazines when I was a kid.
Of course I needed a good story to go with why the broke Easter bunny had dumped purple chicken eggs on our breakfast table, so I told her the Easter bunny had brough her magical eggs from a far away land and she was very lucky because he only gave special dragon eggs to the best behaved 4 year olds.
Over the years as more boys joined our family those purple dragon eggs became red and blue and yellow dinosaur eggs and our once ‘out of necessity’ egg craft became a fun way for us to keep the kids busy over Easter.
Since then, each year, I stock up on eggs and food colouring to make our dinosaur eggs.
How to make marbled eggs
If you’ve never made them , they are really easy to make and there are so many different ways to do the dying but for me what works best ( especially with kids) is to:
- Boil your eggs.
- Let them cool down.
- Gently roll them to crack the shell, but not enough for the shell to come off.
- Fill the bottom of a large bowl with food colouring. I use 1 bottle for 18 eggs.
- Roll the eggs in the colour. Use a spoon as food colouring stains your hands.
- Place the dyed eggs onto a plate and cool in the fridge to set the colour for 5 minutes.
- Peel the now cracked shell off slowly to reveal the pattern.
Ways to eat your eggs
Usually I serve our eggs on the breakfast table to be eaten with toast but the kids often eat them as is with salt or dipped in tomato sauce.
Normally I make a bright platter of different coloured eggs but this year we only made red eggs.
The patterns are always different and no two eggs ever look the same. Some smudge a little and others have larger patches of colour. Each one is unique.
I would love to hear if you’ve made marbled eggs.