I have given up chocolate for Lent, and so it is in great anticipation of Easter that I suggest this Monday treat.
These nests also happen to be perfect if you find yourself needing to entertain children while, to pick a random example, their mother goes to have her roots touched up for the afternoon in a salon in Soho. For four hours.
This is the same recipe that my Mum used to entertain my sister and I when we were children – as essential a ritual as lining up the fluffy chicks and rabbits on the window sills and hanging wooden eggs on a vase full of blossoming branches to make an Easter tree. We made them for cake sales at the Methodist church, for Brownies coffee morning, to take to Grandma and Grandpa in Wigan (which was great because they inevitably gave us their mini eggs).
I think the key to getting a nest-like “nest” is using shredded wheat. Sure, rice krispies and cornflakes and cheereos (all delicious) might be handier, but do birds make nests out of things in nature that are shaped like branded cereals? No they do not.
Shredded wheat resembles twigs and stems so uncannily when mixed around in chocolate. Were they specifically designed with chocolate nest cakes in mind?
I like to fill my nests with Cadbury’s mini eggs because they are so beautiful. I’m also rather partial to a robin’s egg (kind of like a giant Malteaser), but obviously, use what you like.
Chocolate easter Egg Nests (makes approx. 12 nests)8 oz (1 bar) of good quality chocolate (given that children are likely to be eating these, by all means use milk chocolate if that’s what they prefer) 2 oz butter (tbsp) 2 tsp syrup (I use golden syrup) 4 oz shredded wheat (the large ones make the best nests – though you can use any cereal you like) 1 bag Cadbury’s mini eggs
- Melt the butter, syrup and chocolate in a bowl over boiling water (or in the microwave, go gently and stir after a minute or two)
- Shred up the shredded wheat a little then mix in
- Spoon the mixture into paper cake cases pressing down a little in the middle to make a nest. Allow to cool
- Top with mini eggs