Baking and dyeing eggs with your children - a beautiful Easter tradition
Children make Easter and the traditions surrounding it extra fun. Dyeing eggs and baking Easter lamb biscuits with them sweetens the time waiting for the Easter Bunny to arrive.
Brighten up the Easter holidays with dyed eggs - after all, the egg is a symbol of fertility, new life, and rebirth in Christian tradition. Before the dyeing and painting can begin, decide which eggs you want to use for these colourful Easter decorations and which ones should end up in your Easter basket on Easter Sunday. The former must have their contents blown out, the latter boiled.
With small children, dyeing blown eggs is rather difficult because the egg shell is very fragile. If you want to dye eggs with very young children, it’s best to use boiled ones.
Dye for eggs is available in all Coop supermarkets and Coop Vitality chemists around Easter time, usually in the form of colour tablets. Simply dissolve them in a mixture of water and vinegar. The boiled eggs are then placed in the solution until the egg shell has taken on the colour.
If you want to avoid using artificial colours, you can show your children how to dye eggs with natural colouring agents such as cochineal, or foods such as beetroot (red), parsley (green), or turmeric (yellow). Or use onion skins if you want the eggs to take on a yellowish-brown colour. Wrap the skins around the eggs, put them in a fine stocking, lowering them into boiling water. Dye from blueberry juice also makes beautiful Easter eggs.
Water colours and coloured pencils are also an option when dyeing eggs with your children. This is a good idea if you want all the eggs to have unique patterns and it also enables the little ones to let off steam creatively. Just make sure that the colours are food-safe and harmless.
It’s not only eggs you’ll find on the table during the family Easter brunch. Don’t forget the delicious Easter pastries. And since many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen before Easter anyway, these days are a great opportunity to spend time baking with your children.
A classic Swiss pastry is the Easter wreath, which children especially enjoy making since they get to plait the dough and then place the decorated eggs in between each strand. Spiced carrot cake goes down well too, as do simple Easter cookies, which the children can decorate themselves.
At Easter, the Swiss traditionally have lamb. Symbolising innocence and sacrifice, it has great significance in Christianity. Roast lamb on Easter Sunday remains a traditional dish, but comes in different variations such as the Easter lamb in pastry.
But preparing a roast lamb is not nearly as much fun for children as its chocolate counterpart: The chocolate lamb or the classic lamb cake. The little ones can mix the dough with their parents and decorate the finished product. Chocolate lentils, ground nuts, or simply icing sugar create the perfect finishing touch.
Biscuits are greatly received at Christmas, so why not at Easter too? Just like with classic biscuits, children can stir the batter, cut out the shapes with rabbit or carrot cutters, or anything else Easter-themed, and then watch blissfully through the oven window as the Easter biscuits turn golden brown.
Carrots are often associated with Easter and come in lots of different varieties. With children you can bake wonderful potted carrot cupcakes, which also complement the Easter lamb well. Carrots also taste great in a vegetable lasagne or as an ingredient in an omelette.
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