Traditional Christmas Orange Zest Egg Truffles

Traditional Christmas Orange Zest Egg Truffles
Los Angeles Press Daily

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.

Ingredients:

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)

Instructions:

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.

Decorate (Optional):

  • 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!