Is your resolution to make more stuff in 2015 still going strong? If so, we’ve got your next project set. Making your own chocolate Easter egg is not half as complicated as you might expect. All you will need is:
- An Easter egg mould
- 400-500 grams of chocolate, depending upon the size of your mould
- A pan of hot water, a ladle, a fridge, and a teaspoon or pastry brush
Step 1: Break the chocolate into lots of similarly sized chunks so that it will melt easily and evenly
Step 2: Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water taken off the hob. You don’t want to let the chocolate get warmer than 42°C (44°C for dark chocolate). If you don’t have a thermometer, just use the knuckle of your little finger to test the temperature – if it’s just about warm then it’s just about right. For a glossier finish, simply take a few minutes longer to temper the chocolate.
Step 3: Using your ladle, fill the egg mould about a quarter of the way with chocolate, then turn and twirl the mould until the whole of the inside is coated with chocolate. Tip the excess back into the bowl and repeat with the other half of the mould.
Step 4: To avoid ending up with a messy join, wipe around the edges of the mould where any chocolate has escaped.
Step 5: Once the first layer of chocolate has set in each half, pour in another ladleful and swirl around again. Repeat three or four times until the egg seems thick enough, whilst making sure not to allow the excess to pool in the bottom of the mould or else end up with fragile edges and a rock-solid centre.
Step 6: Place both halves into the fridge to set for an hour or two. Then, gently but firmly pull away the corners of the mould to pop the egg halves out.
Step 7: Using a teaspoon or pastry brush, paint the edges of the two halves with melted chocolate and stick together. Put the whole egg back into the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.
Step 8: Remove from the fridge and try not to eat the entire egg all by yourself in one sitting.
For the slightly more time-restricted chocoholic, we’ve a range of ready-made chocolate treats to see at www.destinyfoods.uk.com – come and take a look!