Large Easter eggs
You’ll need two 14cm plain egg moulds. For the treats, consider using tiny fudge pieces, white chocolate drops, chocolate discs, chopped pistachios, or chocolate coffee beans. They should be evenly sized, around 75mm cubed, and brightly coloured.
MAKES TWO 14CM EGGS INGREDIENTS
700-900g dark, milk or white chocolate 100g mixed treats Edible gold dust or paint, to decorate
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (if using white chocolate, you may need more of it to make a thicker layer). Mix together the treats in a bowl. Take two half-egg moulds and spoon 50g of the treats into each, arranging them in an oval shape in the middle of the mould. Spoon some melted chocolate on top and all around the treats, to trap them and stop them from moving. You can be generous with this. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes. With the other two halves, pour in roughly 100ml melted chocolate to each and swirl all around to fully coat the mould, aiming for an even layer as much as possible. Chill for 20-30 minutes, adding a little more chocolate and swirling every five minutes or so to keep the coating even and prevent the chocolate from running into the middle. Once the treat shells are solid add more melted chocolate to the moulds – you should be able to swirl it around with out everything moving. Return to the fridge, again adding and swirling every five minutes to keep the layer fairly even. Repeat for all moulds until you have no chocolate left and a thick layer has formed in each one. Refrigerate for at least an hour, ideally overnight, to set completely. To assemble gently press the shells out of their moulds. Some treats may fall out but don’t worry, there should be enough in the eggs. Run a hot palette knife along the edges of the shells and stick one back and front together, using your fingers to smooth any excess chocolate formed when bonded. Carefully set in the fridge unto ready to serve or package up. Brush the chocolate with a little gold dust or paint if you like before serving or wrap up using cellophane and some ribbon.