Påskeæg farvet med løg og hibiscus te

Tilpasset fra Brooklyn Farmhouse

I am waiting eagerly for spring which refused to come to Europe this year.
To get in a better mood I’ve decided to dye some eggs; it is Easter after all, even though it looks like Christmas outside the window... 

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To get the deep color and TTo get a deep colored eggs which are also tasty (nobody likes over boiled eggs with grayish yolks), you must go for the multi-phased method: 1-creating the dye, 2-boiling the eggs in the dye, 3-cooling the dye, 4-soaking the boiled eggs in the dye.
Vinegar is must, because it helps the natural dye adhere to the eggs. Normally when I make hard-boiled eggs, I immediately plunge the boiled eggs into ice water to stop the cooking process. I was afraid this would make some of the color come off, so I skipped this step. Just note that your eggs may not be as perfectly boiled as they normally would due to dyeing experimentation.

lots of onion skins (I start collecting them at least for a month ahead)
hibiscus tea (I used 2-3 tbsp for 1 liter water) next year I will try the red cabbage instead as it makes beautiful deep blue color)
white vinegar
white eggs
rubber bands
leaves (I used cilantro and biter cress), small flowers, paper dots from the hole punch, or whatever comes to your mind for decorating the eggs and making interesting patterns
old pantyhose, cut in pieces

1. Add the onion skins or hibiscus flowers to a medium pot. Cover with enough water that will later be able to cover the eggs. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and cool to room temperature.

2. Prepare the eggs – wash them with soap; place leaves, flowers, paper dots on the egg as desired. Most materials will stick better if you dip them in water first. Gently place the egg inside the hose, make sure your design is still how you want it, and then pull the hose securely it the back and secure with a rubber band. Trim the excess hose with scissors.

3. Once the dye mixture has cooled, remove the onion skins/hibiscus flowers and discard. Add the prepared eggs to the dye water. (The eggs should be completely covered by the dye. If not, add a bit more cold water to cover.) Add 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. As soon as the water comes to boil, turn down the heat so that the water is just simmering, cover the pan, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the eggs to cool.

4. At this point, you can leave the eggs as-is if you like their subtle color. Or, for more vibrant hues, cool the dye water.  Add the eggs back to the dye water and let soak until they are the color you want. Remove carefully, leave to dry completely than gently remove the hose and leaves. For a shiny, elegant look you can rub some oil or butter into the shell. If you not planning to eat them same day, refrigerate.

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