Yesterday I saw these Easter Egg Scotch Eggs on Lorraine's Not Quite Nigella blog. Excellent, I thought, easy and fun. And they are. I did change a few tiny details: I used Butternut Snap biscuits instead of Kingstons. Butternut Snaps are an oaty Golden Syrup biscuit, rather like an ANZAC, but without the oats. I used Mini Creme Eggs. My friends are experienced chocolate eaters, but I thought a large Creme Egg might be just a tad too much, even for them. The Creme Eggs proper look so much nicer when you cut them in half, but I made my Creme Egg bed and I had to lie on it. This makes 4 large Creme Eggs or a packet of small ones, which is 10.
I bought the "value" pack of TimTams and I used 9 biscuits, or 165g. The packets vary so much now, some are 180g, some 200g. I don't think it matters.
Chocolate Scotch Eggs
- 165 - 200g TimTams
- 65g Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
- Cadbury Creme Eggs: 4 large or 10 small
- 4 Butternut Snap/Kingston biscuits
Crush the TimTam biscuits in a processor or a plastic ziplock bag.
Then add the softened Philly cream cheese. Blend or mix till well combined: you should see hardly any white cream cheese streaks and it should be quite fine.
Crush the Butternut Snap/Kingston biscuits in the same way and place in a small bowl or ziplock bag.
I experimented using two different amounts of the TimTam mixture when covering the eggs: 2 teaspoons and 3 teaspoons. I think 3 teaspoons is the best, and there is enough mixture to cover the small eggs this way. I scooped out the TimTam mixture into portions and then moulded it around the Creme Eggs. I tried to remember which was the pointy end, but sometimes I forgot. It doesn't seem to matter.
Once moulded, I smoothed out the eggs rolling them between my hands and then covered them with the Butternut Snap crumbs. I found I needed to press the crumbs on firmly.
Refrigerate till firm and then eat!! Of course keep these in an airtight container and I think they are best eaten at room temperature.
The eggs are resting in the Petit Four basket I sewed today. It has rabbit and chicken material and a pretty green lining.