Indulgent Easter Nests
Craft isn’t always about glue and paper, there are times when any crafter needs something to nibble on. Easter is one of those times. I remember making these Easter nests at school. Making the mixture (and eating the mixture) was as much part of the fun as what you did when the nests were finished. I’m not sure about anyone else, but I just don’t get the same kick out of buying a regular old Easter egg. So this Easter we thought we would treat ourselves to little Easter egg nests as a nostalgic Easter dessert. We looked up the recipe and got ourselves ready. I was more than a little appalled to find that these innocent childhood treats were made using almost a whole packet of butter! This seemed excessive. Who wants to eat that much butter? Not us.
We threw out the rule book along with that buttery recipe, and decided to forge our own Easter nest path. We ended up with these rather delicious creations. These very grown-up, and rather indulgent, Easter nests are the product of a bit of rebellious creativity. Which is just another way of saying that we made it up as we went along. Who needs butter when we can use peanut butter. Shall we throw in some honey? I see no reason why not. So it began…
Unwittingly we rediscovered the joy that is the Easter nest. These nests are made with all our favourite ingredients, and somehow despite our wayward recipe, they tasted UNBELIEVABLE. The moral of this Easter story might be; live by your own rules, life is what you make of it, never stick to recipes, or ‘down with butter’. Whichever. I just know these nests are easy, quick and cheap to make, and taste amazing.
Don’t feel you have to stick to our invention, make up you’re own; add sultanas, ginger, whatever you like – but If you do fancy trying our recipe I’ve written it down below.
This recipe makes 9 large nests; the picture shows three as we ate the other six last night! Yum Yum.
- 8 shredded wheat blocks
- 200g of plain chocolate
- 2 generous dollops of peanut butter
- 3 table spoons of honey
- 1 table spoon of golden syrup
- 1 table spoon of brown sugar
- 1 small bowl of milk
- A drop of vanilla essence
- A generous slosh of rum
- A knob of butter
- Baking paper
- A glass bowl
(It sounds a bit odd but believe me they are YUMMY)
To make the nests:
- Break the chocolate up into squares and place in the glass bowl on a saucepan an inch filled with water
- Melt the chocolate over the boiling water
- Break up the shredded wheat in a bowl
- Once the chocolate is melted, gradually add the rest of the ingredients starting with the peanut butter and the honey
- Add the rest of the ingredients; the consistency should be sticky enough to coat the shredded wheat but thin enough to make enough nests (add more milk if it seems to thick, and more golden syrup if it needs to be stickier).
- Once the mixture is smooth and glossy pour it onto the shredded wheat and mix until it coats all the wheat
- Mould the mixture into fist sides nest, leaving an indent for eggs in the middle
- Put them on a strip of baking paper, and put them in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours
- When the nests are set, fill them with chocolate eggs and display on a platter
- Then eat with wild Easter abandon
Happy nesting and happy Easter! x