Panoramic Easter Eggs

panoramic Easter eggI love these panoramic Easter eggs. My mom used to make them for all of us kids when we were little. We each got our own on Easter. It was always something we looked forward to. Though this isn’t a recipe that is edible (eating it would be a VERY bad idea).. I still wanted to add it to the site because this truly is a family favorite. It has ingredients so it qualifies as a recipe, right?

You are going to love these eggs. My husband and I made these for our date night and we had a blast! It is such a fun family activity that everyone can enjoy. Kids love decorating the inside. They are beautiful decorations to display for Easter and you can save them forever (see tips on how to save them below).
moldsFirst of all, you need an egg mold. I found these at the grocery store for $3. They are some of the best quality ones I have found and they aren’t even intended to be egg molds! They were actually filled with Snickers and Reeses candies. I love how they have a flat base so the egg will stand easily. They are cheaper than ones you may find in a craft store, plus you get some candy with em! You just can’t lose. Look around and be creative– you will find something! (This makes one full egg)

Panoramic Easter Eggs

Panoramic Easter Eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • food coloring
  • 3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Whisk the egg white until it becomes kind of foamy. If you would like to color your egg, add food coloring to the egg white and mix well. If you do add coloring to your egg, remember that you will be adding a lot of sugar to the egg white, so it’s a good idea to dye the egg white a darker color than what you want your final product to be.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the granulated and powdered sugars so they’re mixed well. Pour the egg white into the sugars and begin stirring. At first it will seem like it won't get wet enough, but keep stirring until it becomes like damp beach sand.
http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/2010/03/panoramic-easter-eggs.html
step1 Don’t add extra water or liquid… that will make it too wet. Just keep stirring (I actually like to mix it together with my hands) until it gets damp. You want the sugar to clump together if you squeeze it in your hand.

step2Once your sugar mixture is ready, start filling your egg mold. With each scoop, pack down firmly. You want the egg to be smooth, so press down on the sugar to prevent any small gaps or cracks from forming. If you have excess sugar and want to make more eggs, keep it in a bowl and place a damp paper towel directly over the sugar to prevent it from drying out.
step3Use a metal spatula, or the top of a large knife to carefully scrape across the top of the mold, removing any excess sugar. Your eggs should have a smooth, even top that is the same level as the mold when you are finished.
Place a stiff piece of cardboard directly on the top of the mold. Bracing one hand on the cardboard and the other underneath the mold, quickly flip it upside-down so that the egg halves are now resting on the cardboard. Quickly remove the mold—now you should have two perfect sugar egg halves.
step4At this point, the egg halves need to dry out a little before you can use them. You can let them sit at room temperature for about 6-7 hours, or you can put them in a very low oven. (If you are impatient like me, you can put them in a 200-degree oven for about 30 minutes or so)

Once the eggs have started to set, they need to be hollowed out. It is important to do this when the outside is hard, but the insides are still soft. Once the egg has fully set, it cannot be reshaped! Pick up the egg half, hold it in the palm of one hand and use a spoon to scrape out the moist sugar (I would have done this in the picture but I couldn’t hold the egg and scrape and take a picture at the same time lol).
step5Continue to scrape the interior of the egg until you have a sugar shell that is about 1/2-inch thick. You want it to be as thin as possible, while still being sturdy enough to hold together.

Scrape out the interior of the other egg half. CAREFULLY use a serrated knife to slice off the tip of each egg, this will be the hole you look through to see the panorama so make it about the size you would like. Be careful not to apply too much pressure and cause the egg to collapse or crack. Continue to gently whittle/sand away to front of the egg until the two halves match. At this point the eggs need to dry out further before they can be completed. I would recommend letting them dry out overnight. Once the egg halves are dry and very hard, you can decorate the inside with a beautiful Easter scene.

Pipe a small amount of royal icing (click HERE for recipe) into the bottom portion of the egg half. This is to anchor everything else you add. Add a layer of green-tinted coconut or Easter grass, if desired, and press gently to adhere it to the frosting. Add little figurines, pictures, buttons, small candies, or sugar decorations.

step6It is easiest to add a dab of royal icing to the back or bottom of your decorations to help them stick. Now it is time to glue the two halves of the egg together. Pipe a thin line of royal icing (or you can use a hot glue gun) around the lip of the bottom half of the egg. Press the top half down onto the bottom, making sure that they line up evenly. Run your finger around the seam where the eggs meet to remove any excess frosting. You want to do this right away so that it will not begin to harden into unsightly shapes. Allow the egg to sit for about 30 minutes, until the frosting has hardened enough to move the egg without damaging it.Time to put the finishing touches on your egg! Pipe a decorative border around the seams where the two egg halves were joined together. Also pipe a border around the opening of the window, to better frame the scene inside and to hide any uneven edges.
step7If you have frosting flowers or other decorations for the outside of the egg, now is the time to put them on. Use a small dab of royal frosting to secure them to the egg. Decorate to your desire with any additional frosting.

Once it has set, your egg is complete! To save it for future Easters, wrap it carefully in paper or plastic and store it in a box in a safe place. Do not refrigerate the egg and do not attempt to eat it! Stored properly, your egg can be saved for years! (Just ask my friend, Abby, she still has hers from when my Mom came to our 2nd grade class and made them).
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Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this. The family is coming this Sunday for Easter, and I have been racking my brain for a project to keep the kids entertained. This is PERFECT!!!

  2. Those are adorable. I got one of those when I was little as well, although I don't think that my mom made them. I have always wondered how they were made and put together. THANKS for sharing. I love them.

  3. I just have to say I love your blog!!! After seeing this project I ran to the store so I could make them with my kids. They had so much fun. So thanks for all your great posts.

  4. Thanks for the comments everyone! Miller- I am so glad your kids had a fun time with them! Feel free to take pictures and send them my way!

  5. Hi i make the ones you can eat…instead of using the egg. you use 4tbs. meringue power,5 lbs. regular sugar, and 6 tbs. warm water. No powdered sugar for the mold….also when i do mine i do not leave the middle of the egg full if you take and press it really good about 1/4 inch thick all around and leave your cutout hole out…i used the same mold you have from walmart. the flat part is where my hole is. then put on cardboard and dry in oven for 10 minutes! And these are Edible.

    • Hey Chassie, I have been looking everywhere for an edible recipe! Thank you! I have also read elsewhere that you can use “pavlova magic” which is more accessible than meringue powder. Also thank you to the author of the page I can’t wait to try it :D

  6. Thanks, I made these eggs years ago from a Wilton kit, but can’t get them anymore. I wanted to make them with my Assistant living ladies for Easter but my egg mold had broke and thanks to you I know what I can use instead. Great Idea.
    Thanks, again, Denise

  7. All the pictures from this post are missing! was wondering if it is my computer or the post itself? I am really hoping to make these for my grandbabies this year…thank you for your help!

      • I love this, My Mom, 30 something years ago, got me one with my sons pic inside & I love it!!! Also I got my molds at the Dollar Store!! I do have a question…the element in my stove just exloded sooo I was wondering if, while waiting for replacement piece, with Easter right around the corner any other ideas on drying faster than waiting 6-7 hours on counter? Like toaster oven or microwave I’m open to anything!!! Thanks again for this ” how to”!!!

  8. I was given one of these eggs years ago with a pic of my son in it now I’m trying my hand at it and my oven is on the frits so until I get the new part I was wondering if there was any other way to set the eggs rather than waiting 6-7 hours…any suggestions would be apprieciated !!! Thanks in advance. BTW LOVE your site!!!

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