First, you need some molds. There are some that are made specifically for this purpose. All the ones I've seen are packaged in sets of two.
Prepare hard boiled eggs as you like. My method:
- place eggs in a single layer in a pan, cover with cold water
- bring to boil over high heat, once boiling lower heat to low
- let eggs continue to simmer for 2 minutes
- turn off heat and leave the pan covered for 12 minutes
Once the eggs are done cooking, I remove from hot water and let cool for just a few minutes. To make it tolerable to handle I rinse under cool water for a few seconds and then peel quickly. This part can sting! The first few pieces of shell coming off will also release hot steam - be careful!
helpful hint: older eggs are MUCH easier to peel and will come off in large strips, rather than itty bitty pieces that cling to the inner egg tearing out chunks of the egg. The eggs I used here I had in the fridge for a week before using and they peeled perfectly.
It is important to do this when the egg is hot because it malleable when hot. A malleable egg when squeezed into the mold will take on the shape of the mold. When you have the egg peeled place it in the mold and snap it closed.
When you have your eggs all encased in the molds it is time to cool them down. You can just place them in the fridge if you prefer, but I like to cool them quickly. So I plop them into an ice water bath.
When they are cool you can release them from the molds.
Marvel in the novelty of a shaped egg!
The same process can be used to make shaped eggs using ice cream sandwich molds, but those come in two pieces, without a hinge and clasp, and you will need to secure the pieces together using a thick rubber band to keep the mold closed.
JList carries a wide selection of boiled egg shapers, including a lot of characters like Winnie the Pooh, Stitch and Hello Kitty. :)
Supplies to make shaped eggs: