I celebrated not one but two easter holidays this year! Nights of mixing easter breads, proofing, patience, kneading the dough, proofing, kneading again, eyes on the clock (to make sure they wouldn’t burn)…. and waiting a bit more to take the first bite. Thankfully I decided to practice my dough skills a second time for our Orthodox Easter, so I can safely say I have become somewhat of a pro with yeast and proofing…. I am ready for my next challenge…
I broke tradition a bit this year and chose to go “au naturel” with my Easter egg dyes, to avoid food colouring. Less chemicals, yes! In the beginning I was hesitant as to whether or not the colours would turn out properly, seeing as some foods have stronger pigments than others. I tried three different colours: the natural & traditional brown from onion skins (and a handful of blueberries), pink from beets, and my favourite, blue created from purple cabbage. You heard me correctly, these eggs turned blue from one innocent looking purple coloured cabbage… who knew! ( I definitely did not and was pleasantly surprised)
So many of my friends and friendly strangers from Instagram messaged me, wanting to know the recipe for these blue eggs. So here I am sharing the simple steps and ingredients to try for next year’s Easter eggs 🙂
Blue Egg Dye
- 12 eggs (not boiled)
- knee high hosiery (skin tone)
- yarn or sewing thread
- different herbs, dried small flowers or fresh (I used the flowers from dried hydrangeas), leaves
- 1 medium purple cabbage (I had a large one so I used 3/4), sliced
- 6 tbsp vinegar
- 1L water
- Prepare the sliced cabbage, 1L water & vinegar in a large pot. Boil together 10-15 min, then let cool.
- Wash the eggs thoroughly and pat dry. Cut the hosiery into pieces to fit around the egg. Place the leaves, flowers on the egg and gently wrap with hosiery, tightening with a piece of yarn. Repeat for the rest.
- Strain cabbage through a sieve, as we will use only the coloured water.
- Pour the dyed solution over the prepared eggs and boil for another 10 min. Turn off heat.
- If you want to achieve an ombre effect, you will have to check after a couple hours one egg to see the strength go the color so far. I took out my eggs at 3 different intervals. The last ones I let the rest of the eggs sit overnight in the dye, becoming a dark blue color.
- After removing the eggs from water, brush with paper towel to remove excess water.
- To make your eggs nice and shiny, dampen a piece of paper towel with some vegetable oil and shine the eggs for a finishing touch.