|Making your own Easter eggs is easy, affordable and allergy friendly|
To make your own Easter eggs you will need:
- Chocolate Easter Egg Moulds (Available from craft shops or cake making suppliers)
- Cooking chocolate, chocolate melts or carob melts
- Small toys, sweets, nuts or more chocolate for the filling
If you're using chocolate melts you won't need to temper the chocolate so you can melt them in the microwave. Alternatively you can melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water - remember to stir well and don't let a single drop of water get into the chocolate or it will be ruined.
|Always melt chocolate in small quantities so if you ruin a batch you've got plenty more to make Easter eggs with|
Half fill a mug or small bowl with the chocolate melts and set the microwave to medium, melt in short 30 second bursts stirring well in between until the chocolate is almost melted but still holding it's shape. Stir the chocolate well until it completely melts.
|When the chocolate looks almost melted it's ready; the heat left in the chocolate will melt the rest as you stir it.|
Remember that after you stop the microwave whatever you're cooking will continue to cook so never fully melt chocolate in the microwave or it will overheat and become grainy.
Spray a small amount of flavorless, non-stick cooking spray into each mould to help the Easter eggs come out when they're set.
Pour a small amount of chocolate into the Easter egg mould or use a teaspoon to spoon chocolate into smaller Easter egg moulds.
|Gently pour a little chocolate into the Easter Egg mould|
Spread the chocolate around in the Easter egg mould with the back of a spoon until it has set, working carefully so you don't mix the cooking spray into the chocolate.
If you need to, you can fill in any gaps with more melted chocolate.
Leave the Easter egg to set in a cool place but don't put it into the fridge (Chocolate hates fridges!)
|Spread the chocolate around the Easter egg mould with the back of a spoon|
When set, flip the mould over and release the Easter egg by pressing evenly down onto the mould and gently tapping it onto the bench.
Before sticking the Easter egg halves together you can put some candy, chocolate or nuts into one half of the Easter egg.
|If you're a Kinder Surprise fan, try making an Easter egg out of one layer of milk and one layer of white chocolate.|
|If you make an Easter egg out of two chocolates, match the chocolate "glue" with the outside of your egg|
You can wrap your Easter egg in coloured foil bought from a cake decorating shop or just use plain old aluminium foil.
|Roll the Easter egg up in the foil folding over the ends as you go along|
Yum! More ideas for your Easter Egg making...
|Homemade white chocolate Easter eggs in a white chocolate casket made from half an Easter egg|