The holidays are just around the corner, and aside from putting together the perfect gifts for your friends and family, this also means planning entertaining. The holiday season calls for togetherness, and what better way to gather than around a table full of delicious food?
Unquestionably, turkey and all the fixings come to mind, but there is one very small, very important ingredient that plays a big role in preparing for the upcoming festivities—the versatile egg!
Eggs may be synonymous with breakfast and brunch, but just imagine the delicious eggs on your plate Christmas morning—poached, fried, scrambled, take your pick.
Did you know the eggs you have come to rely on for breakfast also make a great grab-and-go snack when you are running errands? Throw hard-cooked eggs into a wrap with some lettuce and cheese, and you’re all set. Or make up a quick egg salad pita for lunch on the go.
What about dinner? Egg tacos, omelettes, and frittatas also make a quick, easy, and healthy option for those nights when you need to be shopping, wrapping, or decorating (sometimes all at once). The best part is that each of those eggs is packed with 6 grams of protein which will keep you feeling full, and with 13 other essential vitamins and minerals, you’ll have the energy to get through even the longest of lists.
Eggs are made fresh for every season! Did you know the eggs you buy in your grocery store go from farm to grading station to your store shelves in only four to seven days? During busy times like holidays, it can be even faster. More than 500 egg farm families, some of them multiple generations, work every day to ensure a supply of fresh, high-quality eggs for Ontario consumers.
Naturally, we saved the best part for last—dessert, the sweet ending to any meal. Eggs can be found in holiday cookies, cakes, custards, puddings, meringues…we can go on! Want a bit of a guilt-free indulgence? Try this Flourless Brownie Cake or visit getcracking.ca to find your favourite egg recipe.
Flourless Brownie Cake
Servings: 8 | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Bake Time: 50 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 25 min
- ⅔ cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 8 oz (225 g) semi sweet baker’s chocolate, chopped
- ½ cup (125 mL) unsalted butter
- ½ cup (125 mL) cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) orange zest
- ¼ cup (60 mL) fresh orange juice
- ½ tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
- Cocoa, candied orange peel and sugared cranberries for garnish
- Preheat oven to 325°F (160 °C). Line bottom of 8-inch (20 cm) springform pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk sugar and egg yolks until pale and thick, about 3 minutes.
- Melt chocolate and butter together over a double boiler. Pour one-third of the melted chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture; whisk to incorporate. Whisk in remaining chocolate mixture, cocoa powder, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and salt until fully combined.
- Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, on high speed, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Fold egg whites into the chocolate batter until fully combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 for 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes. Remove the springform ring and cool the cake completely. (It will fall upon cooling; that’s expected.) Transfer to a serving plate. Dust with cocoa and garnish with candied orange peel and cranberries.
Ontario eggs are healthy, easy to prepare, affordable and produced by local farmers. Egg Farmers of Ontario is pleased to offer you recipes, cooking techniques, and tips to simplify meal preparation.