For as long as I can remember, Easter to me wasn't just about the candy and the sweets - it was about dyeing and colouring the eggs. My mother would boil a dozen eggs for each of us, let them cool and then we would spend our afternoon 'dyeing'. I shared my American childhood tradition with my twins and every Easter we continue to do the same.
I bought an egg cooker a few years ago and highly recommend it to make life super easy. Mine cooks 7 eggs at once which is great for keeping extra in the fridge for a snack attack or quick breakfast.
Deviled eggs are a beautiful addition to any Easter table and make great canapés which can be prepared a day in advance. You can find some amazing deviled egg platters for displaying your eggy creations - I bought mine from Anthropologie in London:
Here's what you need
- 7 hard boiled eggs, peeled, rinsed, and carefully sliced in half
- 50g mayonnaise
- 35g unsweetened live yogurt
- 4g mustard
- 2g or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Optional garnish ideas - smoked salmon, minced fresh herbs (such as dill, parsley, or chives), sprinkled paprika, crumbled bacon, curry powder, capers
Slice eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Arrange the empty whites on a platter or deviled egg dish, cut-side up. In a separate bowl, mash yolks with the back of a fork until completely crumbled. Measure in the mayo and mix and combine into a smooth paste. Add the rest of the ingredients; mix well and season to taste. Carefully spoon or pipe (I use a Wilton #1M tip) yolk mixture into egg whites.
These can be made the day ahead and kept refrigerated in an airtight container. Garnish just before serving!
Easter Egg Dyeing Tips: Typical Easter Egg dyes these days contain a lot of toxic colourings. You can make your own dyes out of turmeric, beetroot, blueberries, etc (see method here). Alternatively, as most households around the Easter hols tend to be very busy, I've found these all natural dye kits to be great in a pinch and available to order here. If you can find white eggs instead of brown, the colours come out even better.