Several years ago I started a family tradition of making hot cross buns on Good Friday. I think I have used a different recipe every year, but this years’ were my favorite so I need to record the recipe somewhere. I found it on a blog that I enjoy called The Pioneer Woman. Here is the link to her hot cross buns. We made plenty to share with our neighbors and also our friends who we were visiting that day.
Our family loves to dye Easter eggs and for a while now I have been curious about making natural dyes. I have wanted to try this as much for the sake of experimentation and learning something new as for limiting our use of artificial colors and dyes. I know people have had good success making natural dyes and their eggs look beautiful. I did a bit of research to find out what to use and how to do it. There are a ton of resources online for doing this.
I boiled red cabbage which made a lovely deep blue color, but when I added vinegar it immediately turned an incredible pink.
I boiled spinach for green, and chili powder for orange. I though if I got good results with these, I would try some others the next day. Now, I am not a patient person, so I kept checking the eggs every 5 minutes and nothing was happening. I let them soak in their pots of natural dye for hours and when I finally took them out this is what I got- brace yourself……
So, it was a little bit disappointing and also kind of funny. My eggs clearly looked nothing like those lovely deep colored Easter eggs I saw on various websites. Obviously I did something wrong. I’ll probably try again next year, but fortunately my friend Sarah had gone ahead and mixed up dyes using food coloring. Lovely bright colors which made lovely Easter eggs.
Andy also loves to dye Easter eggs, so our family did another round of egg dying on Saturday morning using good old PAAS pellets.
Andy is kind of an expert over achieving egg dyer, so it fun to watch him. He is also ridiculously good at blowing out eggs – when you poke each end of the egg with a pin and blow out all the innards so you have just the whole shell that you can dye and keep out as decorations. I had planned on making an egg dish for Easter brunch so we already had a plan for all those egg insides.
I washed off all the gunk from the failed naturally dyed eggs and we re-dyed those and they came out great too.
I know some of you have dyed eggs using natural dyes, so if you have any tips for me for next year, please do share them!