This Crème Egg Easter pimp is dedicated to my gorgeous husband who loves snacks (and particularly massive pimped ones) almost as much as he loves me!
An Easter egg (or 2 in case the first one cracks – as we found out!)
Some more chocolate (about another 240g) because the first bar is blatantly not enough!
2 Crème Eggs
For the wrapper:
Permanent marker pens or acrylic paints (I used both)
A steady hand
And finally, a patient and willing helper – this came in the form of my mum, Pam
Cost: About £10 (although I’m yet to pay my mum back for the extra chocolate and Easter egg I had to raid from her cupboard!)
Unwrap Easter egg and carefully split the halves – fortunately ours weren’t well stuck so no problems there. Melt some chocolate in the microwave and start filling one of the halves. We used the packaging from the Easter egg to hold the shell in place as we did it. We also had put the halves in the freezer for a little while beforehand but we’re not sure if this made a difference or not….because shortly afterwards the first half cracked and the molten choc spilled forth! This half was sacrificed to the cause and melted down to make the filling for the next half.
Unwrap another Easter egg and repeat Step 1! Fill both halves to about 3/4 full. Leave to set in the fridge.
Melt some more chocolate and start topping up one of the halves. With some room to spare, embed a Crème Egg into the middle of the chocolate until it’s half-submerged (careful it doesn’t sink completely!). This will constitute the fondant centre of the egg…okay so the chocolate-to-fondant ratio is a bit off but have you seen how complicated it is to make fondant from scratch!!! Fill up the half to the rim with more melted chocolate. Return to the fridge.
Repeat Step 3 with the other half but without the Crème Egg bit. To make sure there’s enough room for the other half of the Crème Egg centre find an object to push into the melted chocolate whilst it sets. Preferably this should be some kind of basin shaped object. Mum located a poached egg cup from the poached egg making pan that was just the job! Return to the fridge.
Whilst the chocolate was setting I got to work on the wrapping. First I had to return to our house from my mum’s to pick up the paints and markers that I forgot to bring over in the first place. Once back at mum’s, I cut a piece of foil using the original Easter egg wrapping as a guide for size. Copy the design from a Crème Egg wrapper and etch using a pointed object onto the foil (not too pointy though because you’ll cut the foil! Doh!). You’ll need patience for this if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me and want to get it right. I had to mix paint to get just the right colour purple and give it a couple of coats until it looked like the real thing. I’m particularly proud of this bit!
Once the chocolate has set – remove both halves from the fridge. Next boil the kettle and part-fill the basin in the 2nd half with hot water so that it melts the chocolate directly around it and it can be easily removed.
Next (you guessed it!) melt some more chocolate! Fill the hole in the 2nd half making sure to spread to the edges but not to overfill. Take the first half (the one with the Crème Egg in) and ‘squidge’ it onto the 2nd half (what? It’s a technical term!). Press down firmly but not too hard.
Our Easter egg already had a pattern on the front which didn’t earn us any authenticity points, so, we melted some more chocolate and I spread it over the pattern. Once it had set I smoothed it out with a hot knife and, copying from the 2nd Crème Egg (the first one being hard to copy as it was embedded in gallons of chocolate!), etched in the right pattern with a skewer. Leave to set again.
And voila! A pimped Easter Crème Egg was born!
To complete the pimp I needed to wrap the egg and place back in original Crème Egg Easter egg box however I was quickly running out of time and despite attempting to speed up the process by drying the wrapper with mum’s hair dryer it just wasn’t going to happen! [P.S] My aim was to have the completed pimp online as part of my husband’s Easter present but as the crucial stages have been completed I thought I’d post what I’ve got first and add a pic of the final product later.
Happy Easter Owen! And indeed to all you fellow pimpers!