Ma’s Blancmange Easter Eggs Or Party Dessert

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My ma’s colorful blancmange-filled Easter eggs are a childhood treat so delicious that it’s etched my memory. So cooling and yum, these delightful eggs are a cooling treat for hot summer days!


I remember sitting on the kitchen platform watching Mom standing in the kitchen so meticulously filling the empty eggshells with blancmange way back in the 80s. (Yes, I’m that old!) She’d have already washed the eggs and dried them on the windowsill for a few days. The sun did them good she said!

Her eggshells looked a lot better than mine do, they were carefully broken to make just a small hole at the top to fill in the blancmange. I think that’s one of the times I decided that I wanted to become a chef. Of course, the other times were when she allowed us to stir the marzipan or vanilla cream for Christmas.

What is Blanc Mange?

Blancmange, as we know it here in India, is a sweet dessert made with china grass (also known as agar-agar), sugar, and milk, that’s set in molds and served cold. In Europe, it was commonly made with milk or cream and sugar, flavored with almonds and thickened with gelatin, rice flour, corn starch, or Irish moss. Blancmange comes from the Old French word Blanc Mangier or basically ‘white dish’.

Every culture has a different way of making blancmange, and ours used china grass.

China grass is a plant-derived gelatin, so it is quite commonly used by vegetarians in India. It is actually derived from red seaweed or red algae. The dried seaweed is processed till it’s white in colour and semi-translucent, and is available in packages as washed and dried strips or in powdered form. We prefer to use the dried strips because it’s natural and you know there are no chemicals added to it.

Blancmange eggs are pretty easy to make, you just need to keep empty eggshells handy for when you decide to make it.

I asked mom where she got the idea for this Easter dessert from. She doesn’t remember if it’s from some old newspaper clippings or from one of her friends from work. But she tells us about the eggshells that were saved, decorated, and then hung on bare-branched trees during the weeks leading up to Easter. This tradition seems popular in European countries too.

I remember the last time we saw eggs hanging on trees was when we visited Aunty Onida at dad’s childhood home years ago. The old tree in the garden was filled with eggs and streamers. I wish we had a garden again so we could resurrect that tradition! But I think I’m rambling. Let’s get back to the blancmange eggs dessert recipe.

What Ingredients Do You Need For Blancmange-Filled Easter Eggs?

All you need to make blancmange dessert eggs is some empty eggshells, china grass or agar agar, milk, and sugar. You can also add food color to make it more enjoyable. Flavoring or vanilla essence is optional.

How To Make The Blancmange Eggs

What you need to do first is get your eggshells ready. Make a small hole on the top of the eggshells and empty the content into bowls. You can use this to make Egg bhurji or Salli eggs fry or to even to bake a cake.

Eggs in a paper bag.
Eggs

Do not break the top off too much, like this egg below. It’s not going to hold enough dessert. Try to make a smaller opening that is big enough to pour the blancmange.

A broken egg shell.
Do not break it so much!

Place the eggshells in bowls of water and allow them to soak for an hour or so, so they are washed well.

Empty egg shells soaking in water.
Empty egg shells soaking

After washing the eggshells dry them in the sun for some time. A few days is a better option. But if you leave it too late, you can do it for half a day.

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Empty Egg shells drying in a bowl on a window rail.
Empty egg shells drying

You can choose to decorate the eggs now, or even after you have filled them with the blancmange and they are set, or you can also leave them as is with no color too. Just remember if they are kept to set in the fridge, you will have a little precipitation on the eggs once you take them out. So it’s best to decorate before filling them. It’s also a fun project for us kids! 😉

Decorated egg shells next to colour pens.
Decorate the Easter egg shells

In a stainless steel vessel, add milk, sugar, and china grass. Also, add in the food colour, as you can see we have used pink and green in 2 separate vessels. Allow the china grass to soak for a while.

A vessel with milk and china grass and a bowl of sugar.
Milk, china grass(agar agar) and sugar
Pink food colour added to milk and china grass in a vessel.
Add pink food colour to the milk
Green food colour added to a vessel with milk and china grass.
Add green food colour to the milk

On the stove, keep stirring the milk until the china grass dissolves, and then let it come to a boil. Don’t boil for too long or the milk will split.

I know, if it was mum, the color would have been a delicate light pink. Me on the other hand, I prefer bold beautiful colors. Once it boils your blancmange is ready. Prepare to pour it into the eggshells.

A spoon in pink milk in a vessel.
Stir well till the china grass melts
Green milk in a vessel with china grass.
Stir well until the agar agar melts
Pink milk boiling in a vessel with a spoon.
Milk comes to a boil
Green blancmange ready in a vessel with a spoon.
Boiled and ready to pour

Place your eggshells in an egg tray or a bowl or box where they can stand upright and not tilt. Pour the Blancmange into the eggshells slowly. Don’t even think about holding the eggshells in your hands while doing this as they get really hot and you’ll burn your fingers. Well, you could wear thick gloves, but where’s the joy in that?

Green milk being poured into an egg shell next to other egg shells.
Pour the blancmange into the eggs
Pink Blancmange filled in 2 egg shells next to empty egg shells.
Pour the pink blancmange in egg sheels

Once the eggshells are filled, you can leave them to set outside at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a while. Definitely tastes better than simply colored boiled eggs!

Eggs shells with coloured blancmange in a yellow bowl.
Allow them to set in a refrigerator
Hands holding a yellow tray with blancmange eggs.
Blancmange eggs set
2 decorated Egg shells with wooden spoons in them.
Kids can decorate the blancmange eggs
A decorated egg shells with spoons on top.
Blancmange eggs ready for Easter

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FAQs About Blancmange Eggs

What is Blancmange?

In India, blancmange is a dessert made using china grass or agar agar, milk and sugar. It is poured in moulds and allowed to set. In Europe, it can be made with milk or cream, sugar, and gelatin, rice flour, corn starch, or Irish moss. It really varies depending on the location and culture.

How Long does Blancmange last For?

Blancmange can last for a few days, but it’s best eaten within about 3-4 days from when it is made. So it’s okay to prepare it up to a few days in advance too.

How Long Does Blancmange take to set?

Blancmange will set in about 1 to 4 hours in a refrigerator and a little longer at room temperature.

What does Blancmange mean?

Blancmange is an old French term that means ‘white dish’ or ‘white food’.

Is Your Mum’s Easter Egg recipe vegetarian?

Yes, these colorful blanc mange Easter eggs are vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Ma’s Blancmange Easter Eggs Or Party Dessert

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My ma's colourful blancmange-filled eggs are a delightful childhood treat. Cooling eggs are perfect for hot summer days!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cooling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion, Indian, International
Diet Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings 30 Eggs
Calories 14 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 grams China Grass (Agar Agar)
  • 1 litre Milk
  • 100 grams Sugar
  • 4 drops Pink food colour
  • 4 drops Green food colour

Instructions
 

Prepare The Eggshells

  • Empty the eggshells, soak them in water for about an hour to wash them and reduce the smell.
  • Then dry them in the sun and keep them ready. Do this over a few days or at minimum half a day.
  • You can also decorate them in different designs with edible food color pens.

Make The Blancmange

  • Add milk, sugar, china grass (agar agar) and food colour in a vessel.
  • Allow the china grass to soak for a little while. (If using powder, you can cook it directly.)
  • Put it on the stove on a medium flame and stir until the china grass disolves.
  • Allow the milk to come to a boil and the blancmange is ready. Don't boil for too long or the milk will split.
  • Pour into the eggshells and allow to set at room temperature or in a fridge.
  • And your blancmange eggs are ready!

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Notes

  • You can add any food colour that you like.
  • You can add essence if you like, but it’s not necessary as it has its own flavour.
  • The eggshells can be decorated before or even after you fill them or even not at all.
  • Don’t boil for too long or the milk will split.
  • The eggshells can be emptied, dried, and kept ready days in advance as well.
  • For more tips, go to the recipe at Eggless Marzipan Easter Eggs – Vegan GF

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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