Here’s a unique Christmas treat recipe that combines the zesty flavor of orange rind with the creamy goodness of hard-boiled eggs: Orange Zest Egg Truffles.
For the Truffles:
4 hard-boiled eggs
2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of one medium orange
A pinch of salt
For the Coating:
1/2 cup white chocolate chips or melting wafers
Zest of half an orange
Crushed pistachios or candied orange peel (optional, for decoration)
Peel and Halve the Eggs:
Carefully peel the hard-boiled eggs and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and place them in a mixing bowl.
Prepare the Filling:
Mash the egg yolks using a fork until they are finely crumbled.
Add softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, orange zest, and a pinch of salt to the mashed yolks. Mix well until you have a smooth, creamy filling.
Fill the Egg Whites:
Spoon the prepared filling into the hollowed-out egg whites, creating a small mound on top of each egg half. You can use a piping bag for a neater appearance if desired.
Chill the Filled Eggs:
Place the filled egg halves on a plate or tray and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up the filling.
Prepare the Chocolate Coating:
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips or melting wafers in 20-second intervals, stirring each time until smooth.
Stir in the zest of half an orange into the melted chocolate.
Dip and Coat:
Remove the chilled egg halves from the refrigerator.
One at a time, carefully dip each egg half into the orange-infused white chocolate coating. Ensure that the filling is fully covered. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
While the chocolate coating is still soft, sprinkle crushed pistachios or candied orange peel on top of each truffle for added texture and flavor.
Set and Serve:
Place the coated truffles on a parchment paper-lined tray and let them set in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate hardens.
Present and Enjoy:
Arrange your Orange Zest Egg Truffles on a festive platter or in decorative packaging for a delightful Christmas treat.
Serve and savor the unique combination of creamy, citrusy goodness with a touch of sweet and crunchy chocolate.
These Orange Zest Egg Truffles make for a surprising and delightful addition to your Christmas dessert spread, combining the classic flavors of orange and chocolate with a creative twist. Enjoy sharing these with family and friends during the holiday season!