Natural Marble Easter Eggs

3 hours

easy

10 eggs

Naturally dyed hard-boiled eggs for the kiddos for Easter brunch? No food colourant or dye is involved in these Marble Easter Eggs, making them suitable for the little ones!

Mother nature is one of a kind! She can easily dye eggs without synthetic colouring… Especially for your little ones, you would always prioritize the safest possible! So here is the perfect way to make a happy easter brunch with hard-boiled marbleized easter eggs for the whole family! Marble Easter Eggs is based on the famous Chinese ‘Tea egg’ technique, which breaks the shell of a hard-boiled egg and lets it soak in black tea for a few hours. It gives the eggs this lovely flavour and marble texture! However, we’ll substitute the tea for red cabbage, turmeric and beet juice for this recipe to give us the three typical Easter colours.

Three Magic Ingredients

Marble Easter Eggs

Well, maybe more than three. I’ll give you a few natural variations to get the same result. Remember that the soaking will provide a little flavour to the hard-boiled eggs, so choose depending on your taste and budget.

The Pink

For the pink, you can use a lovely ruby red beet juice; sometimes, it comes mixed with other fruits, which is no big deal. It will still work. Also, the beets in vinegar juice are suitable for this recipe and will give this nice pickled side to the egg, although they are way softer than the usual pickled egg. I added some beet vinegar and black currant syrup, which worked wonders. Some people cook the skin of onions, which is supposed to turn the egg reddish, too.

The Blue

The blue or green colour is made by boiling some red cabbage for 10 minutes. That simple! If you put a lot of it, the colour will get deeper blue; diluting it will turn the egg green. The first few leaves and the core are sufficient to get a decent blue for your eggs! To set a dye correctly, the liquid PH must be on the acid side to develop well, so I’ve added a teaspoon of vinegar in each colourant water.

The Yellow

This is done two different ways; I’ve used fresh turmeric and powdered one, and both work wonders. Also, if you cook spinach, keep the water, and it will also colour your eggs yellow.

Technique

Everyone has their perfect technique to get a perfect boiled egg! I mean mine; I simmer them for 10 minutes. Then, in a cold bath, and that’s it! But this way, I sometimes overdo them, which results in this blueish colour on the yolk. Some other people like to bring it to a boil and stop the fire, and they have covered it for a good 12-15 minutes. This way, the temperature will never exceed and won’t overcook, but undercooked is more probable. You choose how you prefer; this part is up to you!

Variations

Once cooked and coloured, you could make some cute deviled eggs with it; I did try it using my kids’ playdough curve cutter, mixing the yolk with some good old mayo and putting the eggs back together. My kids love simple, so they prefer the simple hard-boiled eggs, but if your kids are more adventurous, go ahead and have fun with them. You could even decorate them with two eyes (black sesame seeds) and a peak (carrot triangle) to make a chick.

Marble Easter Eggs

Storage

If you want to keep the leftovers of Marble Easter Eggs, already peeled or not, add them to an air-tight container or bag and keep them on the center shelf of the fridge for up to a week.

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Marble Easter Eggs

Naturally dyed hard-boiled eggs for the kiddos for Easter brunch? No food colouring is involved in these Marble Easter Eggs, making them suitable for the little ones!
5 from 29 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
resting time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: brunch, easter, eggs free, hard boiled egg, kid-friendly, marbled, natural coloring, red cabbage
Servings: 12 eggs
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • red cabbage a few leaves and the core (scraps)
  • 2 cups red beet juice
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp vinegar cider, white wine vinegar

Instructions

  • Boil the red cabbage scraps in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes.
  • Mix the turmeric in 2 cups of water.
  • Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to each coloured water bowl.
  • Cook the eggs in simmering water for 10 minutes.
  • With the back of a spoon, crack the hard-boiled eggs gently on all sides.
  • Let the cracked eggs soak in the three coloured water, covered, in the fridge for 3 hours or more.
  • Peel off the shell gently and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Marble Easter Eggs
Amount per Serving
Calories
77
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
164
mg
55
%
Sodium
 
127
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
128
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
246
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
31
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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15 Comments

  • Tara

    5 stars
    I really like the subtle color of these marbled eggs. Of course the natural dye is a draw, but the colors are super pleasing.

  • Gloria

    5 stars
    Such a cute idea. Love the fact you can actually eat them, and not just look at them. My grandkids will love these.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    5 stars
    I am always looking for natural ways to color the eggs and these are just perfect! I prefer this natural marble look than the bright colors.

  • Bernice

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try these natural dyes with my niece this weekend. It’s our first time painting Easter eggs together and I want to try so many different methods. I was looking for natural dye ideas so finding your post was perfect timing.

  • Lily

    5 stars
    Perfect shades of pastel and I love that it’s natural!

  • Sangeetha

    5 stars
    This would be a fun activity to do with the whole family, and the end result would make great decorations for Easter!! Plus I love that they’re naturally colored

  • Kristen

    5 stars
    These are so pretty. We didn’t get to try them this year, but we pinned for next year.

  • Nancy

    5 stars
    These dyed eggs was so fun to make with my kid. She had a blast! Happy Easter

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