Around Easter time, many stores sell toys and candies in egg-shaped plastic containers. Why not use them as molds to create delicious Easter jelly treats?
These Easter eggs are made with delicious fruit-flavored jelly and edible lace. Even the transparent jelly has a sweet and fruity taste.
Many different flavors are available, check out our online store for a list of our flavors.
Before you start making the eggs, prepare the edible lace and let it dry. In most cases, lace will need to dry overnight. You can find detailed instructions on how to make edible lace here.
Use one of the edible lace recipes that contain gelatin for this dessert.
To make the clear jelly, follow the instructions here.
Prepare several plastic molds on a stable surface. Make sure the mold is not rocking in place before you fill it with liquid jelly.
When the jelly is prepared, pour some of it into the mold and let it set in the fridge. Don’t fill the mold completely, leave some space to add a colorful background.
When the first layer of the jelly is set, pour a thin layer of liquid jelly over the top and quickly release any air bubbles that form on the surface. You can use warm gelatin for this thin layer, but wait until it has cooled down before you place the lace.
As soon as the gelatin is no longer warm, press the lace into place and tap it gently to push it into the jelly and to release all air bubbles.
Since the first layer of gelatin is cold, this new layer will set quickly, work fast to get the lace in place and remove the bubbles between lace lines.
Once the lace is inserted into jelly, it will expand. Straighten the creases gently, as much as you can, before the jelly solidifies.
When the lace is firmly in place, pour another layer of clear jelly over it and release air bubbles again. This layer will keep a bit of distance between the lace and the background. Pouring colored jelly directly onto lace can cause discoloration on the lace.
Transparent jelly might look better behind white lace, but if you only have a few millimetres of space left in the container, you might want to opt for an opaque cream base.
You can see the difference between using clear and opaque backgrounds below:
Remember that the curved egg container acts as a magnifying glass. Lace details will look much bigger in the finished dessert. Choose smaller pieces for smaller desserts.
Another way to make jelly eggs with lace is to place the lace on the jelly egg surface:
Fill the mold with several different colors and let them set in the fridge.
Optionally, you can finish the egg with a layer of cream base to add a bit of flavor and a solid background to the egg. Without this layer, the air bubbles trapped between the jelly and the plate will be visible when the dessert is served. Also, if you serve the dessert on a plate that is not white, the plate color will affect the final dessert color if the white cream layer is not present.
Take the egg out of the container by placing it in warm water for a few seconds. The thicker the container layer, the longer it will take for the jelly to detach from it. When the jelly is moving in the container, cover the container with a plate and turn them both upside down. If you have a lot of liquid jelly on your plate or the jelly egg, use a little bit of water and paper towels to remove the excess.
When you are placing the lace on the jelly egg surface, pick smaller lace pieces. Look for patterns in a larger lace design that can be cut out and used on their own.
Lace will expand when it absorbs moisture from the jelly. It may take a few minutes for the lace to start softening up and adhering to the jelly. Keep adjusting the lace and straighten it while it is expanding. You can use a few drops of water to help hydrate the lace faster.
Large lace pieces will look uneven or creased and you may not be able to straighten them completely before they set and attach to the jelly. Smaller pieces will be much easier to position and they will be less distorted on the finished dessert.
Serve the dessert soon after the lace has set for best results.
This video shows the process of creating this cake:
Here are some other Easter ideas:
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