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Sugar Eggs for Easter

When I was a little girl, my mother took me to a club meeting on the military base.  They were making sugar eggs and decorating them.  They used those Legg’s plastic eggs as the mold for the eggs. When I told my daughter about it, she was interested, but there is no way to get Legg’s plastic eggs in S. Korea.  That is when she bought some small plastic eggs because she thought it sounded like fun to do, and because her husband, my Korean son in law, is a real candy eater.  She thought he would really enjoy eating them.  They both thought that the eggs were homemade candy, and cooked.  They are a kind of homemade candy, but they are not cooked.  I taught my daughter how to make the sugar eggs.  Here is what we did:

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My daughter had a unique idea for separating the eggs I had never seen.

I was showing my daughter something new, and she showed me something new.  Our recipe called for an egg white, so we had to separated the egg. My daughter picked up the egg and poked a whole in it and dripped out the egg white leaving the egg yellow in the egg. I had never seen anyone do that before, but it was a good idea.

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My daughter beat the egg white with a wire whip until it was frothy.

Next, the egg white needed to be beaten until it was frothy, not standing up, but frothy.

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The egg white is frothy.

 

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After we added 3 1/2 cups of sugar to the frothy egg white, then we added 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.

After we beat the egg white, then we then we added 3 1/2 cups of sugar to the egg white, and then 1/2 of a cup of powdered sugar.  We initially mixed it together with the wire whip, but then we realized it was so dry we had to finish mixing it with our hands.

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We pressed the sugar mixture into the plastic eggs.

We began pressing the sugar mixture into the plastic eggs. We used the eggs as a mold.  We made sure they were hollowed, and there was just a layer inside of the plastic egg. After that, we turned the eggs upside down onto a pizza pan.

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Our first egg
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All of the eggs finished are left to dry.

We used all the sugar mixture we had and made as many eggs as we could, and then we left them to dry for an hour.

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My daughter turned the eggs the hollow side up.

After we let the eggs dry, my daughter was afraid of them not being dry on the under side.  She turned them up and we left them a little while to be sure they were dry inside too.

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I used 3 cups of powdered sugar.

To begin the icing for decorating, I put three cups of powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Next, I added 1/2 of a cup of softened butter and mixed it into the powdered sugar.

We needed an egg yolk, so I separated the egg the way I was used to separating it. I put the egg white into a bowl, and then a yellow egg into the powdered sugar and butter.

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I added a teaspoon and a half of vanilla.

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Next, I added a teaspoon and a half  of vanilla and 3 tablespoons of milk to the mixture.

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Our decorator’s icing was ready to use.
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icing in a small bowl with some green food coloring

We decided that we wanted grass in all of the eggs, so we first made green icing.  I thought I had a decorator’s tip made for making grass, but when we sorted through, there wasn’t one there, so we used a different tip for the grass.

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We chose four colors.

We don’t use the decorator’s tips very often, and there wasn’t an unlimited supply icing, so we chose only to use four colors:  green, blue, yellow, and red.

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My daughter began putting the green icing in the eggs.

We both had a different idea of where the grass should go. I thought it should cover the inside of the egg like it was Easter grass.  My daughter thought it should just be in the bottom, so we compromised and put it in both ways.  She likes art an extreme amount and loves to do things like this, so I let her start with the green since it was the major color.

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We began trimming the eggs with the different colors.

After the eggs had all the green grass in them, my daughter asked what we should do next.  I told her we should make borders for the eggs.  We decided to make all the borders different colors.

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We left them to dry for a while.

We finished all the borders, and then left all the eggs to dry for a while.

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We put peanut M&M’s inside.

We decided to use peanut M&M’s because they are shaped like eggs.  We thought they would look like Easter eggs.  Our sugar eggs are finished.  When I was taught to make these, I was in the States, and there were many more things available to put inside the eggs, and the eggs were bigger.  If you are in the States, you can use those plastic Legg’s eggs as a mold and make them bigger.  You can put little plastic Easter bunnies or those candy Peeps inside, whatever you can think of to make them look like Easter.  We were happy with what we made, and my daughter is happy because she is always supplying her Korean husband with candy.  When he gets home from work, he will be laughing and happy.

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