One was a BBC recipe using cornflakes. After making them I realised this is actually a recipe with which British children are very familiar. E said he had them without eggs when he was little. I think they are similar to Australia's chocolate crackles. The chocolate coating was quite soft and took some time in the fridge to set. Even so they were quite fragile
The other recipe used coconut. I only had white choc chips and a block of 70% chocolate. White chocolate seemed too sweet for anyone and dark chocolate seemed too bitter for children. (But any sort of chocolate could be used.) These ones set quickly and were quite hard. They reminded me of coconut roughs. Which is a very good thing.
Both versions could be made without the eggs at any time of year. The cornflake ones would be best in a cupcake paper (to stop them falling apart) and I would make the coconut chocolate into small balls if you didn't them it big enough to hold an egg or three. In fact, you could even make them smaller nests with just one egg.
Le Week-end at the movies and had some coconut nests after our dinner at the fish and chip shop. (I had a burger.) Earlier in the day Sylvia and some school friends went to see Shrek at the movies and we took the leftover easter eggs along, which the kids loved!
Crispy noodles, muesli and shredded wheat are other ideas. I have also seen them made with butterscotch chips or chopped honeycomb. And I particularly love the sound of these coconut macaroon nutella nests. The possibilities are endless. And delicious.
Previous easter recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Easter eggs with lime cheesecake filling (gf, v)
Easter egg pizza
Hot Cross Buns
Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns (v)
And a few other GGG ideas for filled chocolates:
Chocolates with almond butter filling (gf, v)
Chocolates with healthy caramel filling (gf, v)
Chocolates with healthy peppermint filling (gf, v)
Chocolates with peppermint filling (gf, v)
Orange and sweet potato filled chocolates (gf, v)
Chocolate Easter Egg Nests (with coconut)
Adapted from Serious Eats
100g 70% dark chocolate, broken up
120g white choc chips (or other choc chips)
1 1/3 cups dessicated coconut
packet of mini chocolate eggs
Melt chocolate and choc chips in the microwave or on stovetop. Stir in coconut. Place spoonfuls of mixture on a lined baking sheet. Press three mini eggs into the middle of each nest. Allow to set at room temperature. (This didn't take took long - perhaps an hour!) Keep in an airtight container.
Chocolate Easter Egg Nests (with cornflakes)
From BBC Food
225g/8oz dark chocolate choc chips
2 tbsp golden syrup
50g/2oz butter (or margarine)
36 mini chocolate eggs (approximately)
Melt chocolate, golden syrup and butter together in microwave or on stovetop. Mix in cornflakes until well covered. Spoon a heap onto a lined baking tray and press three eggs into the middle. Set in the fridge for an hour or two. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature.
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