A Sugary PromiseWritten by Glynis Neves
Years ago I inherited some Panorama Sugar Eggs made by my mother. I remember them proudly displayed in my childhood home every Easter. I was thrilled to have them for my own home, where my kids could see them, and have a tangible reminder of their grandmother. Nice theory, right? And it worked, too, until last year when my 13 year old son brought a baseball bat into the house.
I guess I should be glad it was the sugar eggs that were destroyed, and not the windows, or his sister's heads. However, I will confess to being quite upset at the loss of my mom's beautiful eggs. No one felt worse than my son, though. He gathered up the broken pieces and brought them to me to confess. I wanted to yell at him, but the sad look in his beautiful blue eyes, stopped me. I told him that I was sorry that he had broken the eggs, but they were just "things," the important thing was that no one was hurt. He promised never to use his bat in the house, again. But he knew that I was still sad. He asked if maybe we could make some more eggs to replace the ones that were broken. Since Easter was over, I told him that we would do that in time for next Easter (read this year). He was happy, and I was happy, too. I think my mom would have been happy with the way it was handled. She would have been heartbroken to know that her eggs caused my son and I to fight.
Fast forward to this spring. As we began to decorate the house for Easter, my son reminded me that we needed to make new eggs to replace the lost ones. My sister was kind enough to help us with the project. During Spring Break, we gathered all our kids and spent a couple of days helping them create their own Panorama Sugar Eggs.
Enjoy this photo tutorial! Hopefully it will inspire you to create your own sugar eggs.
Panorama Sugar Eggs
1 egg white - be careful not to let any yolk get in!
3 1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. powdered sugar
In a bowl, beat the egg white until it's frothy. If you want a pure white egg, continue on with the next step, but if you want a colored egg, add food coloring at this point. Remember that the sugar will soak up the color, so you want to start kind of dark.
Add the sugars and begin to mix together. Continue to mix until the sugar resembles wet sand, and clumps together when you press it.
At this point, you can add colored sprinkles from the cake decorating section of the store. Different sprinkles will give a different look. Some of our kids used white sugar, and then added pink or green sugar sprinkles to it. It made a nice look!
Begin to pack the sugar into your mold. You want to pack it quite firmly, like you would to make a sand castle. Press it down tightly to avoid cracks and air pockets!
Turn the mold over onto a piece of wax paper. Remove the mold. At this point, you need to cut the opening. We cut through the tips of the eggs, but left the sugar in place to protect the rest of the egg.
Let the eggs dry for about 2 hours. You need to let a crust form. Seriously, walk away from the eggs for a good 2 hours.
Begin scraping the moist sugar out of the center of the egg. Be careful to leave a shell about 1/2 inch thick. Carefully, scrape around the opening, again to about 1/2 inch thick.
Turn eggs onto their "backs" to let them dry overnight.
Now comes the fun part! Let your decorators design an Easter or Springtime scene in the bottom half of the egg. We used small candies as Easter Eggs, tinted coconut for grass, small toys, and sugar decorations for our scenes. My sister also let the kids dip into her stash of candy flowers (she's a cake decorator), and boy, did they love that! To tint your coconut, simply place coconut in a baggie, add a drop or 2 of green food coloring and shake and squish around until it's the color that you want.
Make up a batch of royal icing. Here's how:
1 pound powdered sugar (4 C.)
3 Tbsp. meringue powder (can be found in the cake decorating aisle of most stores)
5 - 6 Tbsp. lukewarm water
Start with 4 1/2 Tbsp. of the water and start mixing with an electric mixer. Add water as needed for a good piping consistency. Mix on high with your handmixer for 5 minutes. This is important! Use your timer! You want a good spreading/piping consistency. You can divide the icing into small bowls and tint different colors at this point. We made lavender, blue, green and left some white.
Using the royal icing as glue, start to create your scene in the bottom half of the egg. Spread it around, and press your decorations into it. Use extra icing on the bottom of heavier pieces to "glue" them into place. Let dry for a few minutes.
Don't forget to decorate the top half of your egg, too, if you want to!
Run a "bead" of royal icing along the top edge of the bottom half. Carefully set the top half on and press gently, making sure the openings line up as best as you can. Don't worry if it's not perfect. You're going to cover the edges with icing, and that covers a lot of mistakes!
Now comes the hardest part. My sister recommends letting your decorators practice piping designs on the table to get a feel for it. I was kind of horrified, at first, but she assured me that it would all come clean with some warm water (she was right, as usual). The kids loved doing this, and it gave them a boost of confidence!
Using Royal icing, pipe a decorative edge around the 2 halves and the front opening. We liked the up and down movement that created a zig-zag look, and stars which were easy to achieve. Just play around with it. If you don't like the way it looks, carefully use a knife to scrape the wet icing off and start over.
Now, let the decorated eggs dry and harden!
Display them proudly, and take my word for it, don't allow baseball bats in the house!!! My son was so thrilled with his egg, he asked if we could make more eggs next year. Guess a new tradition has been born!
Just a couple of notes: Make sure that you cover any extra sugar with a damp cloth until it's time to be used. It will dry up on you. Same goes for the Royal Icing. Cover with a damp towel, or it will turn to cement in your bowl! We had 8 kids making eggs, and we needed 3 batches of the sugar to get them all made. However, one batch of the Royal Icing was enough for decorating all 8 eggs!
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