Saturday, 15 April 2017

Chocolate scotch eggs for Easter

Never having liked eggs, I have often admired how pretty they are in certain recipes.  Such as a Scotch Egg.  I can't imagine I will ever eat a traditional one made with minced meat around hard boiled eggs.  So when I saw Lorraine making a chocolate version with a Creme Egg, I could not get the idea out of my head.  Finally a chance to eat Scotch eggs, albeit with chocolate.

Lorraine used Tim Tams and cream cheese for the "meat" around her creme eggs.  I just could not get the idea of using the mixture of my favourite grubs.  However I knew it would be sweeter because they have condensed milk.  I decided to use a salted caramel and vanilla Tim Tam instead of the usual Marie Biscuits.  In future I might use regular chocolate Tim Tams.  I think the vanilla was not my cuppa tea.  Instead I tried to reduce the sweetness of the "meat" by adding more cocoa and some salt.

Getting the "meat" around the egg was quite challenging.  We struggled to get the right egg shape and one or two eggs cracked as we tried to coat them.  (I guess this is also hard with the traditional meat Scotch Eggs!)  We also used condensed milk that was past the best before date.  It was edible but quite thick.  Not ideal.

I used Marie Biscuits for the "breadcrumb coating".  But I think they were ground too finely in the blender and were more of a powder than a crunchy coating like Lorraine's.  And that powder got all over the kitchen.  I try to contain my mess when cooking but when I have help from my 8 year old, it does tend to spread. It didn't help that I put the crumbs in a small bowl.  I think 10 biscuits was too much.

Sylvia had a lovely time making these with me yesterday.  (And being my hand model!)  Which was just as well.  I had promised her a baking day but it went awry.  The hot cross buns took ages to rise, we ran out of butter and when I tried to do chocolate for another treat, it seized in the microwave.  And on Good Friday, the shops aren't open to nip out and buy more.  E enjoyed helping us eat them.  He is quite a fan of Cadbury Creme Eggs.

It was a fun Easter project but one I am unlikely to repeat.  I find Creme Eggs rather sweet and with the coating it was just sweet on sweet.  When I was amused to make them, I would prefer more chocolate and less fondant.  Eating a whole of these Scotch Eggs is rather overwhelming.  I found myself cutting them into small slices.  And that just does not seem cricket when it comes to Scotch Eggs.  But then again, neither is chocolate!

I am sending these to Choclette for We Should Cocoa.

For more Easter ideas, go to my Easter Recipes round up

Easter scotch eggs
By Green Gourmet Giraffe

6 Creme Eggs
5 to 6 Marie biscuits, coarsely ground
200g packet Tim Tams
1/2 x 400g tin of condensed milk
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
4 heaped dessertspoons of cocoa
1/8 tsp fine salt

Unwrap Creme Eggs and blend Marie biscuits to coarse crumbs.  Put the biscuit crumbs in a shallow bowl.  Whiz up Tim Tams in blender til crumbs.  A bit of texture is good.  Mix with condensed milk, coconut, cocoa and salt.  Divide the mixture into six parts and press one sixth around one Creme Egg with your hands and shape into egg shapes.  Roll in Marie biscuit crumbs.  Eat in small amounts.

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8 comments:

  1. Johanna, I can imagine coming to the same conclusion as you - chocolate Scotch eggs are a very amusing idea but possibly too sugary for my tastes! Glad they were a fun activity to share with S.

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  2. These look so much fun Johanna. I know you havd a bit of a mare making them with crumbs getting everywhere and the likes, but it certainly sounds as though Sylvia had a good time and they rally do look like sucg a treat. Here in the UK our local supermarket was open on Good Friday, but oh my goodness it was busy!
    Angela x

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  3. They look amazing. I did a double take when I read the title. I've never seen a sweet scotch egg before. So cool, although they do sound very sweet!

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  4. Your "Scotch" eggs look great! I like creme eggs, but only in moderation, so I understand your comment about sweet on sweet.

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  5. Johanna, haha your like me with a recipe idea and so pleased you made these Sweet Chocolate Scotch Egg. I like it, but i won't be bookmarking this one. Ihave to confess its way too much chocolate for me, you say it right sweet on sweet and overwhelming - yet very clever.

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  6. Wow! What a fun concept and incredible Easter treat. I am fascinated by these but also a little daunted by the likely sweetness :P

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  7. Oh wow! These are very cool Johanna. I imagine they would be a bit sweet, but I tend to have more of a sweet tooth myself around the holidays ;) Despite the mishaps, I'm glad you and Sylvia had fun together in the kitchen.

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  8. Love the look of these Johanna, but I think they would be too sweet for me too..... Looks like lots of fun making them though xx

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