Easter is a time for chocolate/eggs/simnel cake or whatever else you like to make. What could be more fun to make than these little nests? I have friends who make the ‘nest’ with cornflakes or rice crispies but this recipe which uses ‘ Shredded Wheat’ is even better as you can get the real feel of little twigs! ( Eatable and chocolate covered of course!) I used a bag of Cadburys mini-eggs – if my grandchildren had been here for the production event I would have used two bags two allow for the ‘one for the ‘nest’ one for me’ technique – but as it was, one was just perfect.
Recipe (makes approx 18)
150 g chocolate (dark or milk depending on taste)
2 Mars Bars
50g unsalted butter
2 tsp golden syrup
approx 5 Shredded Wheat crumbled
a bag of mini eggs.
Put paper cases onto a baking tray and put aside.
Break the chocolate into pieces/ cut the Mars bars into slices, add them to the butter and syrup in a small pan. Melt together over a low heat – being careful not to let the mixture burn. Set aside to cool for a while.
Stir about a third of the Shredded Wheat into the melted chocolate mixture and mix together well. Continue adding the Shredded Wheat a little at a time and mix well after each addition. Stop when you feel the mixture won’t take any more ‘twigs’ !
Put a spoonful of the mixture into each case – make a dent in the middle of each with your thumb, or the handle of a wooden spoon. Press three eggs into the centre of each ‘nest’ while the mix is still wet.
Put the tray in the fridge and allow to chill overnight – then store in an airtight plastic box.
Just try one or two to make sure they are the right – then invite friends (preferably with children) to help you out!
This is a particularly extravagant version of ‘nests’ – you could easily do it without the addition of Mars bars. Easter is a time of chocolate decadence – so decide for yourself!