An ode to my least favorite Easter candy, this recipe is adapted from an excellent tutorial at instructables. After making vanilla creme eggs, I made chocolate eggs by modifying the recipe a bit. It’s important to note that if you use corn syrup like in the original recipe, you’ll definitely want to let your filling chill in the fridge before shaping. If you use maple syrup, chilling might make your eggs more difficult to work with. And nobody wants that!
Hide these eggs well on Easter. They’re so good, you’ll want to be the one who finds them, too.
Maple Chocolate Eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter, softened
2½ cups powdered sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
Beat the softened butter, syrup, and extract together. Add dry ingredients and blend thoroughly. Let filling chill in fridge briefly if needed. If you want yellow or white filling on the inside, you’ll need to mix up a batch of vanilla, too. Roll into balls by hand, then flatten slightly and roll more to shape into eggs. When you’re done shaping eggs, hide them in the fridge before dipping into chocolate.
The easiest way to fake-temper chocolate for dipping
Melt good quality chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or over a double boiler. Remove from heat. Keep stirring until chocolate has cooled to the touch but is still warm enough to melt two large handfuls of additional chocolate chunks. Stir until new chunks are melted and combined. This is the easiest way to fake-temper chocolate. If you were going to add peppermint oil for a thin mint style chocolate, now would be a good time.
Working quickly, dunk eggs into chocolate, using a spoon to turn and completely coat each gem. If you must heat chocolate again, do it gently. Knock off excess chocolate by gently tapping the edge of bowl before placing eggs on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cooling completely at room temperature will give you the best finish.
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