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What to do with 8 leftover egg yolks?

bgweiss's picture

What to do with 8 leftover egg yolks?

I was left with 8 egg yolks after making some meringues and tried to use them as most of the liquid in a whole wheat ~72% bread.  It was gummy.  Any ideas of what to do with the leftover yolks from the next meringue batch?

Thanks, brian

mountaindog's picture

If you want to make a cake, Google "Lord Baltimore Cake recipe", it uses about 7 or 8 egg yolks. The recipe is also in the Fanny Farmer Cookbook if you happen to have that. It is a classic gold cake that is very rich with egg yolk and butter, and is great with chocolate frosting.

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Most take about 6 yolks.   Opposite of an Angel Food cake (light with egg whites) is a Pound cake (heavy with yolks).

Poach them in hot water and crumble them and make egg salad to spread on your bread adding lots of mayo, cheese, onion, mustard, chili & herbs and top with a few pickle slices ultra thin.   S&P

Ditch them.  Eating too many yolks in a week is not so good.  You could freeze them in an ice cube tray but my experience says, "out of sight, out of mind,"  and they get forgotten using up valuable space.


barneyl's picture

Use the yolks to make custard. Freeze the custard to make ice cream.

(I face the exact opposite issue and tend to make meringues to use up the left over egg whites)

mountaindog's picture

If you have dogs, putting a couple of egg yolks in their food each week is great for their coats. Unlike we humans, they will also burn off the extra calories more quickly...

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

With cooked eggs.  Raw is the best way.


mountaindog's picture

Mini - I agree, I should have clarified to feed them the raw yolks.

xaipete's picture

Make crème brûlée or challah.


bassopotamus's picture


trailrunner's picture

if you Google you will find a huge amount of documentation against this practice....


just an FYI

mountaindog's picture

Yes, there is a lot of mis-information on the web about eggs for dogs. Actually the enzyme that is problematic for dogs that inhibits biotin absorbtion is in the egg white, not the yolk, so a couple yolks per week are considered more beneficial than not by many who feed their dogs a home-made or all raw food diet. The PH of a dog's stomach is also naturally extremely acidic, esp. if regularly fed raw meaty bones, so pathogens like e. coli and salmonella cannot survive in that environment to cause harm to most dogs. Dogs who are not regualrly fed a raw diet deveop less acidic stomachs, however.

subfuscpersona's picture

bgweiss on February 22, 2009 wrote:
I was left with 8 egg yolks after making some meringues and tried to use them as most of the liquid in a whole wheat ~72% bread. It was gummy.
When making bread that calls for whole eggs, don't assume that you can substitute part of the egg (the yolk OR the white) for the whole egg. Egg yolks and egg whites have entirely different cooking properties. In addition, most bread recipies that call for eggs also call for other liquid ingredients. I've never seen a (yeast risen) bread recipe that used only eggs as the liquid ingredient.

If a favorite recipe leaves you with leftover egg yolks OR egg whites, you can always freeze them. Bear in mind that, to freeze successfully, the original egg *must* be seperated into the yolk or white component, as each "part" of the egg has different uses. Freeze the yolks and the whites seperately.

Whether freezing the yolks or the whites, I find it easiest  to freeze them in small portions in *very small* plastic containers. For egg *yolks* I freeze 2 OR 4 yolks per container.

Egg yolks are a wonderful enrichment for homemade white sauce or cheese sauce.  *Defrost the egg yolks prior to use*. Enrich the sauce with 2 defrosted egg yolks per pint (2 cups) or more of sauce.

mkelly27's picture

But that's just me.

bacjac's picture

Add 1 more egg yolk, little olive oil, 2 cups KAF,  get that pasta machine out and make heaven - oh yeah plus a loaf of that FABULOUS bread you made.

Dinner is done.

arzajac's picture

Pasta carbonara. 

I always feel guilty about discarding the egg whites. 

I have trouble finding recipes that require the whites!


celestica's picture

zabaglione...'nuf said.

verminiusrex's picture

First, you can freeze them then thaw as needed to use as an egg wash.  Second, make a hollandaise sauce to go on eggs benedict.  I just got some silicon egg poachers and want to make bagels benedict sometime this week.

jus986's picture

make fresh pasta, 400g 00 flour with 8 egg yolks, need until smooth and refrigerate for an hour, roll out in a pasta machine if you have one or with a rolling pin.

gaaarp's picture

King Cake!!!

PaddyL's picture

The old-fashioned ones that I'm making tomorrow only take 2 eggs, but I've got a recipe for a yeast-risen doughnut that uses 6 egg yolks.

Stephanie Brim's picture
Stephanie Brim

Hrm. Even though I prefer cake doughnuts to the yeast risen ones most of the time, a recipe with 6 egg yolks in it can't be bad. Feel free to pass it on. ;)

Dhaus's picture

A simple hollandaise sauce can go on veggies or poached eggs and will keep at room temp for a couple of days.

The same goes for bearnaise.  Try spicing it up a little.  I do a creole bearnaise sauce that has a touch of tabasco and cayenne that goes great on just about any meat.


BreadHound's picture

How about using them to make coconut pecan frosting for a scrumptious German Sweet Chocolate Cake!!! (but you still need whites for the cake portion)..


ellen's picture

The best cook I have ever known taught me to use them for custard, substituting 2 yolks for each whole egg in the recipe.  Smooth, with more body than regular custard.

Dhaus's picture

We love custard around here.

Would you happen to have that recipe handy?



ellen's picture

Mamaw's Baked Custard

Scald 1 quart milk

Beat 12 egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt ( I use the yolks left from making angel food cake)

Slowly Whisk the scalded milk into the egg yolk mixture.  Taste for sweetness.  More sugar may be added.

Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. 

Pour into glass baking dish.  Sprinkle nutmeg on top.

Place pan of custard in a larger pan.  Put both pans in 325 degree oven.  Pour hot water about 1 or 2 inches deep in the outer pan. 

Bake until the custard is soft set, about 30 to 45 minutes.  It will still jiggle a little in the middle. 

You can play with the yolk/whole egg mixture, just as long as you keep in mind that  2 yolks equals 1 whole egg.

This dessert is richer and smoother than regular baked custard.


Dhaus's picture

Thanks for the recipe.  I am going to make it this weekend for the family. 

Have you ever used fresh yard eggs in this custard?  Fresh eggs tend to have much darker yolks than store bought.  I was wondering how this might affect the color and texture.


ellen's picture

Hi, Darren,

Fresh yard eggs work wonderfully in this custard; it will be a little darker and much fresher and richer tasting. 

Let me know how it turns out.


Mary.Mary's picture

Since my son won't eat egg yolks, I save them up for different things -- I have made Mamaw's Baked Custard dozens of times (and guess who eats most of it... ME!).  I do find that I need to bake it in the oven for as long as 75 minutes -- and it is still nice and jiggly in the middle.  I don't like it overcooked -- or too liquidy either.  Thanks for this recipe!!

cake diva's picture
cake diva

I use them for making leche flan, or creme brulee. It's one of the easiest desserts to make.  You don't need to use ramekins if you don't have them;  any mold that can hold caramelized sugar will do.  I flavor mine with orange zest and serve them on its sauce with fresh berries.  People think you've slaved making them.

vtsteve's picture

I improvised a bread pudding last weekend, then looked up a real recipe on the Cook's Illustrated site. They recommend yolks-only for the custard (custard again!) as the whites contain the "eggy-tasting" sulfer compounds.

Older Tom's picture
Older Tom

My wife has gone on to a low/no fat diet and whole eggs are cheaper than (dried) egg white so she hard boils eggs and takes out the yolk. Is there anything I can do with egg yolks that have already been cooked. I have made a spread by mashing up with salad cream and tried adding various herbs and spices but does anyone have any other ideas?