Volunteer writer, Lydia Porter, brings us the cutest Easter nest recipe just in time for the Easter holidays.
Easter has always been a time associated with new life and rebirth, and the Easter egg became symbolic of this, as did the chick. In more recent years, Easter has also become synonymous with chocolatey treats! These Easter nests therefore make the perfect treat for all the family this Easter! Not only are the chicks really cute, but they are fun to make and give you a chance to get creative in your breaks from the inevitable mountain of assignments you’ve been given to do over the holiday. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I grew up on variations of Rice Krispie cakes, so there is definitely a bit of nostalgia in this simple and fun recipe!
The recipe I’ve provided makes 10 Easter nests, but this recipe is incredibly easy to adapt! Want more nests? Mix more chocolate and cereal!
So first of all, you will need:
- 250g of Marzipan
- 200g of milk chocolate (you can even use left over Easter eggs if you have too many!)
- Cornflakes (or other cereal)
- A tube of Smarties
- A bag of Mini Eggs
Now let’s get making!
- Break up your chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds at a time, stirring between intervals. You may want to stir more regularly as it melts.
- Once fully melted, gradually add your cereal of choice until all the chocolate is covering the cereal. I have used cornflakes, but Rice Krispies are a popular choice, and shredded wheat gives a great nest effect!
- Spoon the mixture into the cake cases; try to make a little dip in the middle for your chick to sit in later.
- Roll a medium sized ball of marzipan to make the body, then roll a smaller ball to make the head. These should stick together by gently pushing the two marzipan balls together.
- Gently push a Smartie into the head to make a beak.
- Use a cocktail stick/skewer to poke eyes into the head. Alternatively, you could pipe some icing, or push silver balls in.
- To make the wings, either you can push a Smartie into both sides of the body, or you can use small flat pieces of marzipan.
- Place the chick onto its nest and surround with a couple of mini eggs to finish!
I hope you have a fun time trying out this recipe, or at least have been provided with some inspiration for future treat making! Happy Easter!