Happy Easter! The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Let me tell you of a Friday morning experiment. Because I no longer have unique ideas of my own, I am reduced to copying others. Megan at notmartha.org (as I’ve said before) is living the life I’m meant to live: she’s younger, more creative, travels the world, and takes much, much better photos.
Megan made chocolate surprise eggs by melting chocolate and pouring it into clean, hollowed, dyed eggshells. I wanted to take a stab at it, but in my typical rushed, non-direction-following, lots-of-room-for-expected-error way.
The beginning went well. Eggs drained, boiled, and plopped into dye.
I was having fun with the egg-drying photos. I took one from below for an ‘art-shot’ and realized with horror that I have never, ever looked at the bottom of my upper cabinets. Note to murderers: When cleaning up the crime scene, get the underside of the cupboards.
This one is taken after a quick swipe with a washcloth.
I came back to the eggs after running some errands, and here’s where the breakdown occurred. I’m too impatient, and let’s just say – if you want to temper chocolate, you should actually follow the directions. Not me – rush, rush! Melt! Melt! Throw in some chocolate chips – it’ll be fine.
I got to the fun part of loading the eggs. I had in mind to make giant ‘Reece’s peanut-butter cup’ eggs -thick dark chocolate shell, peanut butter candy inside, mmmmm.
However, after waiting around 45 minutes the chocolate still hadn’t set up, so I gave it up for a loss. Not a sad loss, though – I haven’t messed around on a kitchen project in ages, and it felt good. I tossed the eggs in the trash, poured the rest of the chocolate on the peanut butter candy, and we left for Omaha.
Coming back today, I noticed the chocolate on the candy was firm.
Hmmmmmm….. I dug in the trash.
Crack. Crack. Peel. Peel.
Relax, I didn’t eat it, but I did sigh heavily. As it turns out, it had hardened, but didn’t really have the *snap* of good chocolate.
Maybe next Easter I’ll do it right.
*snickner* Who’s kiddin’ who?