HAPPY EASTER .. Deviled Egg Chicks 🐣

Classic Deviled Eggs Plus+ Baby Yoda and Dragon Eggs !

We are bringing back the Classics: Deviled Eggs. Here is the 2022 version. Trending avocado and veganaise deviled eggs brings us right into the 21st century. Kids and adults embrace these healthy sides!

In this video, substitute dried black currents for the pepper corn to make the eyes.

Classic Deviled Eggs

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or veganaise)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or Keens mustard powder)
1 Teaspoon of butter
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste
Optional: 1 to 2 dashes Tabasco sauce, to taste (cayenne pepper/ chili powder)
Garnish: Paprika & Chives
Whole fresh chives, for garnish
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Gently place room temperature eggs in boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Remove and place in ice cold water.
  2. Prep the eggs:

    Peel the cooled eggs. Slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter. Slice a small amount of white from the bottom of the egg to steady the egg half -if you need it.

  3. Make the filling:

    Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add mustard, mayonnaise, soft butter, salt, pepper OPTIONAL: Add heat – tobasco, cayenne pepper, etc.. Add more mayonnaise, yogurt or sour cream as necessary to get to the creamy consistency you want.

  4. Pipe or spoon mixture into egg white halves:

    Pipe through a piping bag (star tip) or simply use a spoon to put the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika.

FAMILY FUN in the kitchen!

Suggestion: Poppy Seeds, Black Sesame Seeds, Dried Currents ( in place of pepper corns), Celery, Red, Yellow, Green Peppers And Black Olives For Decoration.

Recipe start 1/3 into the video -One version of Yoda Deviled eggs ..and a good one!

You can make these Deviled Egg “Chicks” with your kids.
Add dill, wheat grass, chives or curly parsley for CRAZY looking hair.

Use your imagination with veggies and herbs to dress up your egg-y chicks!

EGGS are a great food to include in family meals. They are an inexpensive form of protein and they contain fat, which is essential for brain development in little ones. Try Greek yogurt [ or half mayo and half yogurt or sour cream] instead of 100% mayonnaise. Other healthy additions are spinach purée, mashed sweet potatoes, beets and avocado!

What are Organic Eggs? These eggs use chickens that are fed no animal byproducts and do not live in cages.

VARIATIONS

PICKLED TURMERIC -DEVILED EGGS

To get the yellow eggs, PICKLE cooked and peeled eggs in a jar with of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water and 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder for 1 hour or overnight. Add 1/4 tsp of turmeric and a dash of cumin ( 1/8 tsp) to the recipe when you mix the yolks. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Pickled BEET JUICE – Deviled Eggs

Peel The cooked eggs and marinated in beet juice & vinegar (half and half) for all 6 eggs for 3 hours or overnight. I have made these eggs and they have a very small hint of vinegar. If I make pickled beets, I always save the juice for my pickled eggs.

Dragon Eggs….GOLD MEDAL WINNER! 🥇

DRAGON (Deviled) Eggs – No Mayo!

My favourite way to make deviled eggs is to substitute the mayo with 1/2 large or one small avocado plus about one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to prevent the avocado from turning brown too quickly. Avocado will start to brown (oxidize) after it is exposed to air. Serve immediately. The result is a gorgeous colour, and it tastes delicious. I call them Green Dragon Eggs instead of Deviled Eggs.

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, dragon eggs are a hit! Get your kids involved to help make Harry Potter’s Dragon Eggs! You can read “Philosopher’s Stone” together ~when Hagrid won a dragon’s egg from a stranger he met down at the Hog’s Head pub in Hogsmeade. Great fun!

For adults: Sriracha and cayenne pepper will put fire 🔥 in your mouth! ♥️ Red gel adds a flaming colour! 🔥

FOOD TIP: Mayo-less deviled eggs are perfect for guests with raw egg allergies. VEGANAISE or AVOCADOS cream up the yolks. Boil or steam eggs with a tablespoon of vinegar or baking soda for best results. Peas and mint adds another dimension to the eggs. Natural dragon dyes: beet juice & blueberry juice. Add 1 tsp. of juice to the yolk mixture. For lighter shades, adding water to the beet juice gives a lighter pinkish color; same for blueberries.

How do you like My Easter Baskets (Stabilize the eggs by cutting a small slit at the bottom of the cooked egg before placing on the platter)

Easter Sunday ⛪ April 17, 2022

Pulla: Finnish Cardamon Bread

EASTER CELEBRATIONS
Traditionally, Easter sweet bread dates back to the Homeric Greek period  around 1100 BC, when honey leavened bread was popular.

Celebrate Easter Sunday with traditional Finnish “PULLA” that adorns every table during Finland’s religious holidays.  Growing up,  this was the best treat Easter morning ( and still is )!  One bite of this light, fluffy, sweet bread and you’re a kid again, remembering those wonderful times!
PULLA bread is a soft, fluffy cardamom braided bread (or buns) served with a hot cup of coffee. Top this sweet loaf with sliced almonds and/or pearl sugar.

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INGREDIENTS (makes 2 loaves)

  • 1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F –  45 degrees C)
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast ( 2 1/4 tsp. )
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk ( 105  – 115 F – same as water)
  • 2/3  cup of white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground, fresh cardamom
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cups or 170 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces or grated
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk (lightly beaten)
  • I large egg white, lightly beaten with
  • 1 tbsp water (for egg wash)
  • TOPPING: almond slices and course sugar  ( about 1 to 2 Tablespoons )

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and a pinch of sugar. Let stand until foamy, in 5 minutes
[ If yeast does not foam start over with new yeast] This is the most critical part of the recipe.

Yeast In Full Bloom – Mixed With Warm Water ( + A Pinch Of  Sugar )

2. Stir together flour, sugar, cardamom, and salt in a large bowl. You can also sift these  ingredients together to remove any hard lumps in the flour.  Then blend in butter with a pastry blender or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Alternatively,  grate the cold butter using a box grater onto the flour mixture and fluff with  your fingers (like I do).
3. Stir in milk, 1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk,  and yeast mixture with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms.
4. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead, dusting surface and hands with just enough flour to keep dough from sticking, until dough is smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.  Alternatively, knead in your stand mixer or food processor with the dough hook.
5. Form dough into a ball and put in a buttered large bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

First Raising – Dough  (My Bowl Was Too Small –  But It Worked Well)

6. Punch down dough (do not knead), then halve. Cut each half into thirds and roll each piece into a 15-inch rope. ( 6  ropes –  for  2 loaves ).Braid together 3 ropes to form a loaf, then transfer to a parchment-lined large baking sheet, tucking ends under. Make another loaf with remaining 3 ropes, arranging loaves 4 inches apart. Or, on two different trays (like I did).

7. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

After Second Rising – Added Egg White Wash + Almonds

8. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. .
9. Brush loaves with egg wash and optionally dust with sugar through a sieve or sprinkle with pearl sugar if you have it.  Bake until golden brown about 35-45 minutes.  Check loaf after 30 minutes.  My pulla was done in 36 minutes. Every oven is different. Some ovens run hotter that others. Rotate the pulla from back to front in the oven, about half way through cooking time – to get an even bake.

Because I used granulated sugar, It had still not melted so I used my kitchen torch to bruleé the sugar.  This is not traditional.  The pearl sugar is but it is not so easy to find.

I am not a fan of sweets but I do enjoy this light sprinkling on top of the pulla.

Torching The Sugar To Melt Into The Loaf

10. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Easter Blessings

STAY HOME STAY SAFE
We are especially thankful this Easter 2020.  I have been at home all week baking pulla  for friends and family. Celebrations started early as my friend sent me an email thanking me for the fresh pulla. My friend  had never tried pulla and said her whole family ate it all in one sitting. Downstairs, the concierge started eating it right away (his second loaf); warm, home baked pulla – by me.

Extra prayers this Easter  🙏🏻  to the brave men and women all over the world. Blessings and hope for everyone during these troubled times and uncertainty.