Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Egg Nests

This past weekend, I was busy making DOZENS of chocolate covered Easter eggs. Peanut butter, coconut cream, and chocolate ganache are among my favorite flavors, so I make them every year. The recipe is no secret, but it's so time consuming.

Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), I'm always left with extra chocolate once the last egg is dipped. Once upon a time, I would scoop all the leftovers into a zippered plastic bag and keep it for my next recipe. Not a big deal, unless you forget about them and discover 8 bags in the bottom of the pantry. Not that it's happened to me or anything like that.

About 10 years ago and 3 months into my relationship with my then boyfriend, now husband, my mother-in-law made these gorgeous little nests for Easter. Apparently, this is also how they make crispy rice cereal treats in England. Not a marshmallow to be had, only chocolate. It took her all of 10 minutes from beginning to end to make these adorable little treats. She decorated each of them with yummy confections like jellybeans, chocolate mini eggs and coconut and topped each one with a little chick. They were so cute and very tasty.

Suffice to say, over a decade later, the nests are a staple at Easter in my home.

Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Just when my thighs were starting to speak to me again, I go and blow it.


1½ cups very good quality milk or dark chocolate, melted
1 cup cornflakes, shredded wheat, crispy rice cereal, or chow mein noodles. (I used Crispix cereal only to show how versatile and easy they are to make using most cereal)
1 bag of mini candy coated chocolate eggs or jellybeans

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Bring just to a boil. Add cereal once it's completely melted.

Line muffin tin with cupcake papers.

Fill each one to about the top of the paper.

Flatten a little and make a well in the center and add three chocolate eggs or jellybeans.

Allow to chill for 20 to 30 minutes.

Yield: About 12 chocolate nests.

Happy Baking!

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