By Janelle Holden
Yes, there are ways to replace eggs in recipes, but I have to tell you, it’s challenging to bake without eggs, and nearly every gluten-free bread on the market has eggs as an ingredient for a reason: Binding. Eggs help bind gluten-free flours together, they provide moisture, leavening, protein, and many other good benefits. Yay, eggs!
Unfortunately, eggs and me have parted ways, and there is no going back, let me assure you. But today, I contemplated buying my first dozen in a very long time. If only to celebrate artistry, spring, Easter, and my childhood.
One of my very favorite childhood memories is dying Easter eggs with my mother, and learning her special tie-dye technique. I’m not a “crafty” person, by nature, and this is just simple enough for me to do and look like an artist. You will too if you try it out.
How to tie-dye your Easter eggs
1. First perfectly hard-boil your Easter eggs, advice courtesy of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen and Food Editor Russ Parsons:
“Place the eggs in a pan just big enough to hold them in a single layer. Cover them with cold water and bring them to a rolling boil. Cook for one minute, then remove the pan from the heat. When the water has cooled enough that you can put your hand in (about 20 minutes), the eggs will be perfectly cooked.”
2. Buy an Easter-egg dye kit and follow the instructions for solid-colors.
2. Create a dye-pot (it can be a coffee mug) for each of your colors.
3. After you’ve dyed your solid colored eggs, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to each of your pots.
4. Dip an egg in one pot and roll it around until the desired effect has been achieved. Wipe it off with a paper towel. Dip in another color. Repeat.
If you try it out, please send me a photo! I’d love to see your creations.
Janelle Holden is president and founder of The Gluten-Free Life Coach, a company dedicated to helping people stop struggling with food and their bodies and create better health and well-being in their lives. To connect with Janelle and learn how to make that possible, schedule a complimentary Get Acquainted Call today.