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Makes 8 servings

For an Easter brunch, Helen Wallace decorated baked potatoes instead of eggs. Though she has mastered creating intricately patterned pysanky eggs, a Ukrainian art form, the potatoes were much easier to do. And, Wallace says, "the potatoes were a great centerpiece until it was time to eat them."

How to Make It

Step 1

Scrub potatoes and pat dry. Insert a metal skewer into 1 end of each potato.

Step 2

Pour each food coloring into a separate small bowl. Use colorings full-strength for intense color, or dilute with a few drops of water for paler hues.

Step 3

Hold each potato by its skewer and paint food coloring onto the potato skin in designs, as desired, using small watercolor paintbrushes.

Step 4

Lay potatoes on racks to dry, about 10 minutes. Remove skewers. Rub potato skin with oil and set in a 10- by 15-inch pan.

Step 5

Bake in a 375° oven until potatoes are soft when pressed, 40 to 50 minutes. Pile into a basket and serve hot, split open and seasoned with vinegar, butter, or sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste.

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