Mar. 28th, 2013

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Golden Chocolate Easter Eggs
makes 1 dozen

12 large eggs
Chocolate filling (recipe follows)
1 1/2 tsp gold powder *
1 tsp tequila, plus drops as needed

Instructions:
Wash each egg in warm water and dry thoroughly. Insert a sterilized needle into the small end of the egg to make a small hole. Do the same with the large end using a skewer to make a 1/4-inch hole. Insert the needle into the large end and break the yolk. Remove the contents of the egg by blowing into the small hole through a straw. You can also blow air through by using a baster.

Place the shells in a large stock pot and slowly fill it with warm water until the egg shells are covered. Gently bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow to gently simmer for 10 minutes.

Carefully pour out the hot water and gently rinse the shells with hot water. Remove the shells from the water and place upside down on a towel. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.

Pour the melted chocolate filling into a pastry piping bag fitted with a small round tip and fill the prepared egg shell through the large hole.

Return the filled eggs to the egg carton.

Place the gold powder in a medium stainless steel bowl and add the tequila. Stir until completely blended. You can adjust the thickness of the mixture by adding tequila a drop at a time until you obtain the desired thickness - the mixture should be thin enough to easily spread. Use an artist brush to paint the egg shells gold.

If you have an extra egg carton, cut off the high edge of the cradle and place the painted eggs back in this carton.

Put the carton of painted eggs into a freezer for 7 - 10 minutes to firm the chocolate and set the paint.

Remove carton from freezer and place the golden eggs into a decorated egg carton.

Chocolate Filling
Makes enough filling for 12 large eggs

18 ounces (approximately 2 1/4 cups) semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Instructions:
Melt the chocolate using a double boiler over a water bath or in a microwave according to directions on the package.

Variations:
Add ΒΌ cup of one the following to the melted chocolate:
Praline crunch**
English toffee, finely chopped
Finely chopped toasted almonds and shredded coconut
Finely chopped toasted macadamia nuts - you can also substitute white or milk chocolate for the semi-sweet above

You can choose to decorate your eggs with different colors by using food coloring or colored edible powders.

*Colored powders can be found in the cake decorating isle at craft stores nationwide.
**Praline crunch may be found in the freezer section of your grocery store by the ice cream.
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