Paskalina avga

Paskalina avga

Red-dyed Easter eggs

By
From
The Complete Middle Eastern Cookbook
Makes
12
Photographer
Alan Benson

Dyeing eggs is a ritual in every Greek and Cypriot Greek Orthodox household on the day before Good Friday. This is performed without great attention to detail by many cooks, and the eggs can end up cracked, rendering them useless for the ritual game on Easter Sunday morning of who can crack whose eggs, a game children delight in. Also, uneven dyeing frequently occurs with the usual method of boiling the eggs in the dye bath, so I suggest hard-boiling them first, then giving them a brief boil in the dye.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
12 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon powdered red dye
125ml white vinegar
oil, for rubbing

Method

  1. Carefully place the eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Place over gentle heat and bring slowly to the boil so the eggs don’t crack. Leave to boil, uncovered, over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the dye in a heatproof bowl. Boil 1 litre water in a saucepan large enough to hold all the eggs in a single layer. Pour 125 ml of the boiling water over the dye and dissolve it, then pour it back into the saucepan. Add the vinegar and allow the dye to boil until the eggs are ready.
  3. Lift the hot eggs into the dye bath using a slotted spoon. Increase the heat and let the eggs boil steadily for 2 minutes, stirring gently now and then so that the dye will take evenly.
  4. Lift the eggs out with a slotted spoon and place them on folded paper towels to dry. Allow them to cool a little, then rub the eggs with an oil-soaked cloth to give a pleasant sheen.

Note

  • Another six eggs may be dyed in the same dye bath — add 2 tablespoons extra vinegar to the dye mixture.
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