Monday, April 14, 2014

DIY Cadbury Creme Eggs

Mrs. BA has a weakness for Cadbury Creme Eggs.  Personally, I can't stand them.  And that's saying a lot.  With the introduction of Halloween Creme Eggs a few years ago, she can get her fix now twice a year.  But now if she wants, she can make her own any time of the year.

In addition to the recipe below, BuzzFeed posted a while back - "17 [other] Scrumptious Ways to Eat a Creme Egg."  Click on the link to see the recipes for the items listed below.
  1. Creme Egg Donuts.
  2. Creme Egg Brownies
  3. Creme Egg Pudding
  4. Homemade Creme Eggs
  5. Dip Toasted Brioche In A Creme Egg
  6. Deep Fried Creme Eggs
  7. Creme Egg Cupcakes
  8. Creme Eggs Benedict
  9. Creme Egg Salad Sandwich
  10. Creme Egg Toastie
  11. Creme Egg Foo Young
  12. Creme Egg and Bacon Rolls
  13. Creme Egg Cocktail
  14. Creme Egg Chocolate Hearts
  15. Creme Egg Milkshake
  16. Creme Egg Cookies
  17. Creme Egg pie

Homemade Creme Eggs
(from Food 52 - see a video here)

Makes 15 to 20 eggs

  • 1/2 cup Lyle's golden syrup (or corn syrup) 
  • 6 tablespoons butter 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 drops orange blossom water (optional) 
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds removed (optional) 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups powdered sugar 
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate (or bittersweet chips) 
  1. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer that has been fitted with the paddle attachment (this can easily be done by hand or with a hand mixer). Add the golden syrup, salt, orange blossom water (if using), vanilla seeds, and vanilla extract. Mix on medium-low to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is mixed well. 
  2. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Mix until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. 
  3. Place one third of the mixture into a small bowl and add enough yellow food color to obtain desired color. 
  4. Cover both bowls with plastic wrap and put into the freezer for at least 15 minutes. It is necessary that this mixture be very cold while you work with it. 
  5. When the sugar mixture is thoroughly chilled, remove from the freezer. Working quickly take about a half teaspoon of the “yolk” mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue forming your yolks. 
  6. Once the yolks are complete, place them on a plate or a sheet tray covered with parchment and then put that back into the freezer. 
  7. Now, measure a tablespoon of your “whites”, and then roll that into a ball. Continue until all the white portion of the sugar mixture is gone. If the whites are too soft to work with, place back into the freezer for a few minutes. 
  8. Remove the yolks from the freezer. Place a white in the palm of your hand and gently flatten a bit. Create an indent in the center to rest the yolk in. Place the yolk in the center of the white, then cover it up. Roll the white into an egg shape. If at any point the sugar mixture gets too soft, quickly put it back into the freezer. 
  9. Continue this process until all your eggs are complete. Return to the freezer. While your eggs are chilling, temper your chocolate. Or melt the chocolate in a microwave at 30 second intervals stirring very well in between. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to the chocolate and stir well. This gives you a little more flexibility with the chocolate eliminating some of the need for precise tempering. You will not, however get as nice of a crack as you bite into the egg. 
  10. Working with one egg at a time, remove the egg from the freezer and stick a toothpick in it. Dip the egg into the chocolate and carefully let the excess chocolate drip off. Place the toothpick into something – like a potato perhaps – while the chocolate sets.
  11. Place the chocolate-covered egg into the fridge for 10 minutes while the chocolate sets. Carefully remove the toothpick from the egg and cover up the small hole with a little bit of tempered chocolate.

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