How to Celebrate Easter Without Eggs
The most egg-centric holiday of the year is right around the corner, and if you haven’t heard, eggs are expensive this year. Like, really expensive. If a walk down the refrigerated section of your local grocery store fills you with fear, or the idea of dyeing a bunch of eggs just to leave them out at room temperature to spoil makes your stomach turn, worry no more. We’ve compiled a list of a few swaps you can make this spring to celebrate Easter without the eggs-istential dread.
1. Make an egg-free cake
This Fudgy, Flourless Instant Pot Chocolate Cake from Jessie Sheehan is a wonder for two reasons: It bakes in an Instant Pot to save you time and energy, and though it contains no eggs, it’s still fluffy and rich. The pressure and steam of the Instant Pot helps create the lush moisture and bouncy texture we’ve come to expect from the best chocolate cakes, and this one definitely delivers.
2. Consider a butter sculpture centerpiece
Essentially, as long as humans have had butter, we’ve been making funky shapes out of it. An enduring classic is the Baranek wielkanocny, or the Easter butter lamb, an absolutely adorable Polish butter sculpture complete with a red ribbon around its neck. A butter sculpture as a centerpiece is a multi-purpose item at your table. First, it’s a conversation starter. (Where did you get this little lamb? Is it really butter?) Second, your guests are free to use the butter throughout the Easter meal.
3. Try a flax egg
Flax has long been a secret for vegan bakers. Similar to the properties of chia seed, when broken down, flax forms a gelatinous substance that can act like a binder in baked goods. To create one replacement egg, use 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed plus 3 tablespoons of water.
4. Stock Up On Chocolate Eggs
As if we had to encourage you to have more Easter chocolate. These delightful, colorfully-foiled chocolate eggs from La Maison du Chocolat are filled with crunchy hazelnut praline and coated in dark chocolate. They make a great Easter basket filler, or even better, are perfect for nestling into hiding places for a hunt.
5. Replace egg wash with milk or cream
Brushing egg wash over your baked goods prior to popping them in the oven helps create the beautiful, golden crust that’s the hallmark of a well-done pastry. That’s because the proteins in the egg provide a Maillard reaction—without it, crusts come out of the oven looking flat and dull. Because dairy has those same proteins, brushing the same amount of milk or cream in lieu of egg wash creates a similar effect.
6. Trade quiche for a different tart
If you’re looking for the perfect brunch food with a flaky crust but don’t want to buy the dozen eggs needed for a quiche, this Mortadella & Dijon Tart
is an ideal swap. Layered with two kinds of zesty mustard, sharp provolone cheese, and salty mortadella ham, this puff pastry tart comes together quickly and, depending on the size of your gathering, can be sliced into portions large or small.
7. Decorate cupcakes instead of eggs
Missing the fun (and mess) of dyeing eggs? Have the smaller hands at the table—big kids welcome too—decorate cupcakes instead of eggs. Erin McDowell has a great primer on how to make food dye from almost any food scrap.
What egg swap will you be trying this Easter? Let us know below!