Do you know someone who likes both hard boiled eggs and bacon? Surprise them not with bacon and eggs on the same plate, but with bacon and egg in the same shell!
That's right, watch their faces as they crack and remove the shell from one of these eggs and find that the bacon is already in the egg!
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Step 1: Materials & Equipment
Vector drawing software (I used CorelDraw)
Laser cutter (my TechShop has a Trotec Speedy 300)
BONUS: For pre-scrambled eggs
Plastic Easter egg
1/4" bolt, washer, and nut
1/4" drill bit
Small piece of foam
This instructable assumes some basic familiarity with CorelDraw and a laser cutter.
Step 2: Design the Egg Labels
If you want to completely surprise people, skip both this step and the engraving step later in the instructable. However, I thought it would be fun to label each kind of egg and see the puzzled look on their faces when they picked up an egg.
You can engrave about a 1.5" x 1" area on the egg without a rotary attachment for the laser cutter. Select a blocky, bold font so that the text will stand out on the egg. Adjust the font size to be a little smaller than that area. Then draw a rectangle around the text, and add scalloped corners for effect. Use black lines and text so that the laser cutter knows that you want to engrave and not cut the egg.
Step 3: Design the Egg Access Hole
This is the tricky part. If we cut a complete circle in the eggshell the small disc may fall into the egg. So we will use a 340 degree arc so that the disc stays lightly attached after cutting. A 0.25" diameter hole is large enough to fit small pieces of bacon, so draw a 0.25" diameter arc of 340 degrees. Use red this time with a width setting of hairline so that the laser cutter will cut this line.
Step 4: Laser Engrave and Cut the Eggs
For engraving I set the laser to 100% power and 75% speed. For cutting I used 100% power and 1% speed. Note that the egg isn't splattering while cutting, that is just glare on the clear shield.
Step 5: Add Bacon to the Egg
Cut the bacon into small bits that will fit in the hole. Using a pin, lift out the access portal on the back of the egg. Using a toothpick stuff the egg with half a piece of bacon.
Step 6: Wrap the Egg and Hard Boil It
Wrap the egg tightly in cling wrap, then tightly with a strip of duct tape. Boil as you would a normal hard boiled egg..
Step 7: Clean Up Any Leakage
A little bit of egg is likely to ooze out anyhow. Wipe it off and you will have a flush bit of egg or possibly bacon plugging the hole.
Step 8: Serve and Amaze!
Serve and watch their expressions as they have their first "bacon in a hard boiled egg"!
Step 9: Bonus: Scrambled Eggs
What if your friends prefer scrambled eggs and bacon? That's another step that involves power tools in the kitchen!
Drill a hole in a plastic Easter egg, add a bolt, washer, and nut. Stick this in a power drill and spin away for a few minutes. This will scramble the egg in the shell!
Step 10: More Practice Needed...
I did puncture the yolk first after adding the bacon and before spinning. It turns out my scrambled eggs were a little runny, and need to cook a little longer. I'll have to try again!
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