Easter baking fun this week with the most simple and delicious recipe for Easter. This is a great one for doing with kids; lots of smashing, scrunching and mixing and very little to go wrong – not too much mess, either! I always think a plate of cute little Easter nests is such a sweet addition to a tea table and as much of a necessity as a hot cross bun at Easter! The shredded wheat can be substituted for any cereal you like really, just keep adding a bit at a time until the chocolate coating is at the desired consistency.
I thought I’d add this one early so you have time to buy all the necessary ingredients before Easter weekend hits us!
Chocolate Easter Nests
100g dark chocolate
4 shredded wheat biscuits (around 100g)
- Line a muffin or cupcake tin with paper liners. It’s really up to you how many cakes you want to make – I reckon about 10 with small fairy cake cases, shredded wheat makes a fairly dense nest!
- Break up the chocolate and melt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Keep stirring until it’s completely melted.
- Scrunch up the shredded wheat in its wrapper carefully, to keep all the bits inside. Alternatively, place shredded wheat biscuits in a bowl and smash ’em with a wooden spoon! You need nice small pieces, just like little twiggy, nesty sticks.
- Once your chocolate’s melted, carefully remove the bowl from the saucepan and add the shredded wheat; keep squishing it and stirring it until it’s covered with chocolate. Don’t worry if it takes a little while, you don’t want to cake the shredded wheat with too much chocolate, but 100g will give you plenty of coverage, just keep stirring!
- Drop even spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture into your paper cases.
- Add your mini eggs – push them into the centre so that when the nests set, the eggs are securely held by the shredded wheat. I like three eggs in each nest, and there’s always volunteers for the leftovers…!
- Pop the tray into the fridge to set the nests for about 20 minutes.
- You’ll want to remove the tray well before eating, cold nests tend to be rock solid!
- Display these pretty treats on a plate for everyone to enjoy.