These gorgeous little eggs are the sort of thing that look more trouble to make than they are worth – but trust me, they are easy. They are based on this original blog post by the very talented raspberricupcakes. I loved the look of them, but I did think they might be a little too sickening, like Cadbury Cream Eggs. But they are actually quite light and lovely. The original post linked above goes into details about sourcing the eggs and some of the fiddly details so I won’t repeat all that here. Her pics are much prettier than mine anyway, so you need to visit just to see those. I’ll concentrate on the Bellini/ Thermomix/ thermal cooker conversion.
Chocolate easter eggs with cheesecake filling
- 6 hollow chocolate eggs roughly the size of real eggs (n.b. mine are Coles brand).
- 125g whipping cream
- 150g cream cheese
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 30g icing sugar
- 2 tblspn apricot jam
- 1 tblspn orange juice
- 30g butter
1. Unwrap the eggs and carefully remove the tops with a knife.
2. Pour cream in the jug. Process on Sp10 for 10 sec, then Sp6 for 6 sec.
3. Scoop cream out of the jug and put in a separate bowl. Put cream cheese, icing sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in the jug. Process Sp7 for 20 sec, then scrape down. Process Sp4 for 60 sec.
4. Add the cream cheese mixture to the whipped cream, and carefully stir them together. Put the mixture into a small ziplock bag, and cut the corner off. Pipe the mixture into each egg (I tried using a teaspoon but this was easier for me.)
5. Put the eggs in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
6. To make the yolk, put the orange juice, butter and jam in the jug and mix it on Sp1 for 60 sec at 60 deg. Pour it through a sieve into a teacup and put it in the fridge to cool. It will look very runny, but don’t worry too much, it’s firm enough when cool.
7. Use the end of teaspoon to scoop a little piece of ‘white’ out of each egg. Fill the cavity with yolk. Try not to eat them all before the family comes home.
A couple of notes on taste – in the original blog post, raspberricupcakes suggested passionfruit not OJ. I didn’t use it as I didn’t have any, but if you are taking the foodie route or serving to grownups, I think it would be worth getting for that tart flavour which the OJ lacks. And my Coles chocolate eggs were adequate, but a nice dark chocolate egg would make this really special. Of course, if you are serving to kids, they are unlikely to care, so go with whatever is easiest to find.
If you have a different thermal cooker, click on the name of your machine for general tips on converting this recipe and others: