Posted 3rd Apr 2015
Betty's chocolatier, Josie Raine, tells us how the iconic imperial egg from the popular chocolate shop is brought to life each Easter (3rd to 6th April 2015)
Crafting a rich and creamy Easter egg using only the finest chocolate is something that comes easily to Betty's. Having created Easter masterpieces for almost a century, the Yorkshire-based company produces delicious made-to-order eggs, such as their signature Easter egg, the imperial egg, and other popular designs including their white rose egg. However, the imperial egg is their stand out piece, something that Betty's chocolatier, Josie Raine, has been perfecting throughout her 20 years working at Betty's Craft Bakery.
Josie began her Betty's career by working in the confectionary department in the run up to Easter, developing her skills and crafting beautifully designed chocolate eggs until she became a member of the chocolate department. Training as a cake decorator, her piping skills helped to make thousands of eggs come to life with vibrant frosting and intricate detail.
Making a mark with their signature egg, Josie goes through 12 stages to take the imperial egg from simple chocolate to a stunning and mouth-watering treat. To start, egg-shaped moulds are filled with smooth chocolate, a process that is repeated three times to create the perfect, even shell. Having been stippled to create a lovely marbled shine to the surface, the cake decoration team hand-craft the flowers that embellish the giant egg and once the two halves have been made, the flowers are added and extra stems and leaves are piped onto the chocolate base. The two halves are secured together and attached to a base and the edges piped to create the amazing finished product.
Made with a passion and dedication that all Betty's employees' posses, their traditional style means that each egg is hand-crafted using artisan techniques, producing a delicious egg with every bite. Focusing on chocolate throughout the seasons such as Easter and Christmas, inspiration for their impressive designs comes from their own history, Betty's founder Frederick Belmont and changing tastes, however the imperial egg remains Betty's iconic egg.
A favourite of Josie's, from the eye-catching size of it to the sheer amount of rich chocolate that is used to create it, the imperial uses only the finest ingredients. In all Betty's eggs, the same silky chocolate can be found as it is used across the whole Betty's range. Each egg is delicately made and individually decorated, not leaving until it has the Betty's final seal of approval.
To find out about Betty's visit www.bettys.co.uk.
By Lauren Morton
Images courtesy of Betty's