Easter in the Czech Republic is known for its tradition of painting Easter eggs which are then handed out to the carollers. While in other countries, they are hidden in various places for children to find. Often, it’s not just eggs but also sweets and cookies and, of course, the Easter gingerbread cookies. But did you know that you can now bake 3D gingerbread eggs? With our moulds, it’ll be a piece of cake!
TWO HALVES BECOME ONE
These special gingerbread cookies need a bit of skill, but we have no doubt that you will manage. The final egg is two halves put together made using our moulds. You can get them in our online store in different variations. They come in smaller sizes of 50 x 70 mm and bigger “half-eggs” of 70 x 100 mm. Once baked, the two halves are pasted together using egg-white icing.
ARE YOU READY?
Let’s start with preparing the dough well in advance
For 20–30 eggs (depending on size), mix 500 g of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of gingerbread mix, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (can be skipped), 1 big egg, 80 g of butter (fat), 140 g of icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of honey (100 g). Process the dough in a mixer or knead it by hand, if you dare, although this takes time and a lot of energy.
Wrap the dough in plastic foil and let it rest for at least 12 hours in the fridge.
Before baking, you should prepare the icing. Whisk 1 egg white with 150 g of sugar until you get stiff peaks. To test the right consistency, just make a little dot which should maintain its shape and not melt.
Cutting out the shape
Roll out the gingerbread dough on a surface covered with flour until it’s about 3 mm thick. Use the cookie cutter, which is part of the set, to cut out the egg shapes. Then grease the moulds with butter, oil or other fat and place the cut-outs on the moulds. There should be about a 5-mm-thick rim left since the dough will expand while baking.
In the oven they go!
Preheat the oven to 180 °C and bake the dough for 15 minutes. Take them out of the oven and remove the dough from the moulds while still hot. Give the half-eggs a rub with a mixture of egg yolk and some milk. Then let them cool down completely, shave away any roughness with a grater, apply a layer of icing and paste the two halves together. Try to use those which fit the best together.
Icing is a must
To give the eggs a bit more festive feel, we recommend decorating them with some Easter symbols. How? Well, use the prepared icing. Before decorating the gingerbread cookies, give them at least a day so the icing doesn’t crack and peel off later. To make sure the eggs don’t break down, you can also wait for the halves to properly cool down before pasting them together.