Saturday, April 11, 2009
Deitscher Marmor (Pennsylvania Dutch Marbled Eggs):
For Isaac's art lesson this morning we made some marbled eggs for Easter. The recipe is old, from Germany. The term "Deitscher Marmor" means faux marble German style. It's done with onion peels.
You need the dry peels from yellow onions - about a cup or so. Soak the biggest pieces in cold water for a few minutes to soften them a little, then wrap them randomly around the eggs. If the eggs are exposed here and there, it looks good. Wrap the peel-wrapped eggs with string like a crazy spider, and tie them up. Put the eggs in a non-reactive pan, put in all the rest of the peels and barely cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer them for about 20 minutes. The peels will dye the water dark brown. Take the eggs out, cut the strings, and unwrap. Wash them off in cold water & you have marbled eggs. If you boil the eggs in an iron pot, the color will be dark olive green.