Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Eggs - Polish Style

Probably the first thing I learned about my husband is that he is 100% Polish and quite proud of it! John and I try to incorporate as many Polish traditions into our celebrations/daily life as possible. One of our favorite traditions for this time of year is coloring Easter eggs. The Polish way is really easy, and they always turn out beautiful. All you have to do for the color is add red onion peels!

How to Make Pisanki - Drapanki (Polish Easter Eggs)

Place eggs in single layer in a pot. Surround the eggs with the peels and cover with water (add some salt - helps with peeling eggs). Bring it to a rapid boil, and let it boil for one minute. Remove from heat, and let eggs sit in water for 12-15 minutes.  Once eggs are done, place on cooling racks, and let them cool to room temperature.

Once they are cool - the fun begins! Typically the adults carve/etch out designs using sharp tools. If this is the method you use, they are called Drapanki. We have done this for a few years now, and it is fun coming up with new things to put on the eggs.

Since I don't plan on giving Abby a knife to carve with, I going to let her use washable paint. I know it's not the tradition, but she'll enjoy it and stay busy while we carve away. We do this on Holy Thursday, so tonight is craft night here!

Once the eggs are done, we will place them in our Easter baskets and take them on Holy Saturday to church for a special blessing. Every item in the basket has special significance and is to be used on Easter day.

Enjoy your pisanki - drapanki!

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