Easter is two and a half weeks away!
It feels like we only just did Christmas but here we are, just two and a half weeks away from savaging chocolate bunnies and relishing in four whole days off in a row. This year I am looking forward to four consecutive days of committed study time – there’s a sentence I never thought I would write, yet there it is. My WSET ‘still wine’ exam (the biggest hardest subject) is only 14 weeks away. Terrifying.
There is something about a festive period represented by chocolate that is just so over the top and indulgent. I love to let my imagination run wild and come up with ridiculous creations (like last year’s Cadbury Creme Egg Cake). This year however, I have had to pare it back a little – spending a whole day faffing with a chocolate cake is just not cool when I have soil types to learn. So this is what I came up with…
Chocolate Easter Nests
They’re cute, they’re full of chocolate, and perhaps the best part is they only take about 15 minutes to put together. They are definitely easy for kids to create and would make great little easter gifts to take to school (just check the notes about nut-free alternatives).
- 200g chocolate
- 1 packets of Chang's fried noodles (100g)
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 bag Cadbury chocolate mini eggs (about 36 eggs)
- Line a shallow non-stick cupcake tin with strips (about 3cm wide) of baking paper (to assist removal later)
- Finely chop chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl with the peanut butter
- Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir and repeat until chocolate is beginning to melt. Then heat for just 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until mixture is smooth.
- Add the fried noodles and stir to coat well.
- Carefully spoon about 1 tablespoon of mixture into the cupcake mould and use teaspoons to shape it around the edges into a nest shape.
- Before the chocolate begins to set, place 3 eggs in the nest.
- Repeat with the remaining mixture and eggs.
- Place the nests in the fridge to set (about 20 minutes).
- Carefully run a knife/spatula around the edge of each nest to loosen and peel the baking paper off the back.
- You could use whole squares of baking paper to line the cupcake tin but the creases in the paper might mark the outside of your nests. I ran a knife around the edge of the nests after they had set and wide strips of baking paper meant that they did not stick at the bottom.
- Nut-free alternative: Replace the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with one tablespoon of coconut oil. You can make these with just chocolate but they will set very hard.