Wednesday, 9 August 2017

14 Recipes For Using Up Egg Yolks

If you're looking for recipe ideas for using spare egg yolks then keep reading and check out the collection of 14 great recipes below.

Recipe ideas for using up spare egg yolks, from cookies, brownies and pastries through to icecream, mayonnaise and donuts!

If you've been busy making pavlovas, meringues or even macarons it's entirely likely that your baking exploits have left you with a few egg yolks to use up.  As it turns out there are loads of different recipes which will allow you to put either that solitary egg yolk or mountain of them to good use, without just enriching an omelette or frittata with them. 

My food blogging friends came up trumps when I asked for their ideas, so if you've been wondering how to use up some egg yolks below are 14 ideas for inspiration.  The recipes have been separated into the number of yolks required for each recipe, and should any catch your eye, which I'm more than sure they will, simply click on the recipe's title to find out more!

Recipes for using up 1 egg yolk:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Choclette over at Tin and Thyme.  


Cookie recipe great for using up one egg yolk

Peanut butter has become a popular addition to many bakes these days, for very good reason, and with the addition of a dark chocolate flavoured with a hint of chili (chocolate & chili being a combination that works incredibly well) I know that this is a great cookie recipe for using up one egg yolk.

Coffee & Walnut Chocolate Brownie from me at Only Crumbs Remain


 Coffee & Walnut Chocolate Brownie recipe great for using up one egg yolk

Who can resist a chocolate brownie with its paper think crust and soft squidgy centres!  This particular one is punctuated with walnut pieces with a background flavour of coffee, and uses one egg yolk along with 3 whole eggs.

Homemade Apple Pie from Candace at Buckets of Tea


Apple Pie recipe great for using up one egg yolk

Pies in general are great for using up that spare egg yolk you may have, and Candace's apple pie, inspired by her Nan, is no exception.  Brushing the crust of the pie with the egg yolk produces a wonderful golden colour when the pie emerges from the oven.    

Recipes for using up 2 egg yolks:

3 Ingredient Duchess Potatoes from Andrea at The Petite Cook


Duchess Potatoes recipe great for using up two egg yolks

Andrea's dairy free Duchess Potatoes uses just 3 main ingredients, potatoes, olive oil and eggs (2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg) resulting in an easy and pretty carbohydrate element for any main meal.       




Easy Aioli with Lemon and Dill from Choclette at Tin and Thyme 


Aioli recipe great for using up two egg yolks

Choclette explains that aioli, a mayonnaise flavoured with garlic which can include lemon juice and mustard, is easy to make and although it is classically served with radishes it is also amazing with most raw or cooked vegetables.  It takes just 10 minutes to make with a blender and uses store cupboard ingredients including two egg yolks.

Homemade Mayonnaise from Andrea at The Petite Cook


Homemade Mayonnaise recipe great for using up two egg yolks

If the garlic flavour of aioli isn't your thing, then why not put those spare egg yolks to good use and make some homemade mayonnaise!  Andrea explains that once you've made your own you'll always think twice about mass produced shop bought mayo!

Triple Chocolate Orange Pinwheel Cookies from me at Only Crumbs Remain


Cookie recipe great for using up two egg yolks

Harking back to a childhood favourite of our family are these pimped up Triple Chocolate Orange Pinwheel Cookies.  They incorporate a popular flavour combination and are great recipe for using up two egg yolks.

Very Very Strawberry Ice Cream (with roasted strawberries) from Kate at Gluten Free Alchemist


Homemade Ice Cream recipe great for using up two egg yolks

Another classic way of using up spare egg yolks is by making homemade ice cream.  Kate's ice cream recipe incorporates roasted strawberries which intensifies the flavour of this popular summer fruit, and results in a frozen dessert which has a very clear strawberry and cream flavour along with being a pretty shade of pink! 

Trifle recipe great for using up two egg yolks

These individual trifles, flavoured with raspberry and white chocolate, is another recipe which makes great use of two egg yolks.  Trifles are always popular in our family, but being individual these seemed that little bit more special. 

Recipes for using up 3 egg yolks:

Mini Mouthful Jam Tarts with Pate Sucree from Kate at Gluten Free Alchemist.


Jam Tart recipe with pate sucree great for using up three egg yolks

Pastry is another great recipe for using up any spare egg yolks you made have, specifically pate sucree which is simply the patisserie term for a sweet pastry.  Kate put the sweet French pastry to great use by making these eye catching gluten free mini jam tarts.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Tarts from me at Only Crumbs Remain 


Fruit Tarts great for using up three egg yolks

Or if you prefer your pastry tarts a little larger how about using those spare egg yolks in these raspberry and white chocolate tarts, which uses 3 egg yolks and 1 whole egg in the sweet pastry case and creme patisserie.

Recipes for using up 4 egg yolks:

Raspberry & Blackcurrant Curd from Kirsty at Hijacked by Twins 


Homemade Curd recipe for using up four egg yolks

Kirsty's homemade curd recipe not only makes great use of spare egg yolks, preventing them from spoiling and going to waste, but also produces a curd with an amazing colour (and no doubt flavour) which can be used in a host of different ways, from simply spread onto bread and toast, used as a filling for jam and curd tarts, as a surprise centre for cupcakes or even in a meringue pie. 

Recipes for using up 5 egg yolks:

Chocolate & Pecan Brownies from Kat at The Baking Explorer


Chocolate Brownie recipe great for using up five egg yolks

Kat's brownie recipe uses 5 egg yolks (no whole eggs) along with a generous amount of dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, cream and pecans for contrast in texture.  As you can see they come out lovely, gooey and fudgey!  



Recipes for using up 6 egg yolks:


Pumpkin Custard Donuts from Kat at The Baking Explorer


Homemade Donut recipe with a pecan custard filling great for using up five egg yolks

It's possibly unlikely that you'll be in the position where you have 6 egg yolks (plus 2 whole eggs) that need using, but seeing how wonderful these homemade donuts look I'd be more than happy to be left in the situation where I'm making meringues, pavlovas and macarons just to use up the egg whites!

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Recipe ideas for using up spare egg yolks, from cookies, brownies and pastries through to icecream, mayonnaise and donuts!

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  1. This has to be one of the most useful round ups I have seen in ages. Egg yolks always seem trickier than whites to find uses for, although I often have spare whites in the fridge, suggesting I have used the yolks somewhere...... Mmmmmm (scratches head).
    Thank you so much for sharing my ice cream and tarts! xx

    1. Thankyou Kate, though thanks goes to you guys too with fab recipes to highlight ways egg yolks can be used.
      Hahaha, I know just what you mean, and for some reason I too often find I have egg whites in the fridge left over from bakes - those egg yolks do seemingly get used :-)
      Angela xx

  2. That is such a useful post Angela!! Bookmarked for the extra yolk days!

    1. Thankyou so much Deepika, I always wonderr how to use up egg yolks when I've made a pavlova etc.
      Angela xx

  3. What a fabulous round up so useful. I often add an egg yolk to my homemade shortcrust when I want a really biscuit crust. Pinning for later. Thank you for sharing on #CookBlogShare

  4. Who would have thought there were so many creative ways of using up egg yolks! I need to think of one too:)

    1. I know, it's amazing isn't it Monika :-) and to think I'm usually left wondering what to do with them when I make meringues etc!
      Angela x

  5. Thank you for featuring my curd Angela. This is a great round up and I will definitely be referring to it next time I make meringues. Sorry for the late comment, the campsite we were at had no wifi! But I am back in the real world now lol xx

    1. There's no need to apologise at all kirsty, the idea of no wifi for a new days sounds absolutely idyllic tbh!
      You're welcome Kirsty, curd is such a great way to use those egg yolks - and I know just what you mean I shall certainly be referring back to the collection too :-)
      Angela x


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