It’s almost Easter, and I’ve been seeing a lot of decorated eggs. I never was much into decorating eggs, even as a kid. But last year I thought of this idea for decorating and luckily was reminded of it again when I saw a post on chinese tea eggs.
I’ve always loved chinese tea eggs, not just for the taste, but also because of the beautiful patterns on the eggs. The pattern is created by gently cracking the egg shell, and then simmering the eggs in a soy sauce tea spice mixture that causes the dark sauce to seep inside the egg and create a pattern around the cracks of the eggshells.
Taking this idea, I decided to do the same thing, but with multiple colors. So these aren’t actually tea eggs because I didn’t use the tea mixture since I didn’t want to muddle the colors. Instead they are just hard boiled eggs with some food coloring. You can also use some natural fruits/vegetables to create the colors, but I just ended up using some food coloring rather than having to make another shopping trip.
I tried making pink, yellow and blue. The yellow ones ended up being too pale and it didn’t really come out. The pink and blue ones came out nicely though.
Recipe: Colorful Tea Eggs
- hard boiled eggs
- food coloring in various colors (I used red, blue and yellow. I wouldn’t use yellow again)
- Gently tap the hard boiled eggs on the edge of your kitchen counter, until there are cracks all over the shell, but you don’t want the shell to come off.
- Boil a small pot of water. Add a few drops of red food coloring into the pot, then add in a few of the eggs and simmer at a low boil for about 5-10 minutes.
- Pour out the red water, clean pot and then repeat process with the other colors.
- Once the eggs are cooled, you can peel the shell and serve the eggs.