This idea could not be easier and it is spectacular for a holiday open house brunch or a Christmas Breakfast. All you need to know is how to hard boil eggs or rather how long for hard boiled eggs to cook depending on what is perfect for you! I have been thinking about unique and easy Christmas food ideas and working with plaid edible wafer paper from FancyFlours.com. Typically, this paper is used on cookies, but I’ve branched out and used it as a star topper on this simple yet stunning hard boiled egg shaped like a Christmas tree. I also made a hard boiled egg snowman (photo below) with a plaid hat. I am so ready for Christmas!!!
Step 1: How to Hard Boil Eggs
Place uncooked eggs in a saucepan and cover with water; about 1/2-inch above the eggs. Heat over medium-high and when the water is boiling set a timer for 15 minutes, which I think makes a perfect hard boiled egg. Really, the question of how long for hard boiled eggs to boil is up to you. Between 10 and 20 minutes from the time the water starts boiling is a good time range. When the eggs are done, immediately remove them from heat and run cold water into the saucepan until it is cool. Remove the eggs and peel off the egg shell under cold water running from a faucet. This is the method that I always use, and as you see from the photo, my eggs don’t have that gray outline around the yolk – that’s because of the cold water.
Step 2: How to Mold a Hard Boiled Egg into a Shape
Right after you peel the hard boiled egg, put it into your egg mold. For the Christmas tree shape, I used a cookie cutter. The egg needs to be put into the mold while hot, and this is the key to it keeping the mold’s shape. You also need to make sure that it is snug in the mold, which is why I put a wine cork under the egg as support. Look around your kitchen and use what ever you have; doesn’t really matter as long as it is something that is ok for food or drink. Put the egg-in-mold in the refrigerator for an hour or until it is cool. Carefully remove the egg from the mold. Cut the egg in half and you’ll see your glorious Christmas tree shape! I cut out a star with plaid edible wafer paper but a yellow or red pepper star would be pretty as well. It all depends on how you want to display the eggs. I like them standing up so a light-weight paper star and minced chives were perfect.
The snowman is a warm, peeled hard boiled egg placed in a mold I had on hand for gelatin shapes; you can’t really see the definition too well so I think you could do this idea on a whole hard boiled egg with the same results. I laid him on his side and used a roasted red pepper sliver from a jar for his scarf, black olives for his eyes and buttons, carrot nose, and plaid edible wafer paper for his hat.