Saturday, April 7, 2012

Chocolate Biscuit Nests


It's Easter Saturday and our house is filled with excitement. Very soon the chocolate eggs will be cracked, and the 40 day abstinence of sweets will cease! The boys did break their Lenten fast a few times, as a couple of important birthdays occurred in the past few weeks. A big incentive for them was their 'lent box'. This stored any goodies that were offered to them during this time, but somehow it seems that anything in the line of a treat, that's in the press, has made its way to these three boxes!  All on all I must say that I was truly astonished by these little men and their will power.
 

We are lucky to have some very beautiful hens, that treat us to the most delicious eggs every day, and since I was gifted with half a dozen duck eggs, I just had to photograph them and don't they look amazing! I will be using the duck eggs for today's activity which is an idea that stemmed from my Dad.
My father loves to reminisces, and a fond memory for him is that of Easter Sunday morning. Each child in the house would rush out early morning to retrieve the most impressive egg from their hens' hatch. They would then proceed to paint these eggs, before it would be boiled and enjoyed for breakfast. He recalls eating eggs on a daily basis, as a child, but none tasted as good as the one from the annual Easter breakfast. So, in preparation for tomorrow, today will be spent painting eggs and decorating signs for our egg hunt. We will be enlisting 'Grandad's' expert help, which in turn will create wonderful memories for my children to cherish and tell their grandchildren, in years to come!



Chocolate Biscuit Nests
If you have children and find yourself with some time to spare, over the holidays, any child would love to get stuck into making these chocolate treats. Children love to be creative in the kitchen, and these mini chocolate biscuit nests are very easy for little hands to make. As a way to use up some leftover Easter eggs, some can be melted to drizzle over each nest, but also they could be made using some of the bars or mini eggs, that may be included in an Easter egg pack.


Ingredients
2 Mars bars, chopped
60g butter, cubed
1 tbsp golden syrup
150g digestive biscuits, broken into pieces
50g chocolate, any type, melted
mini eggs or jelly beans

Method
1. Line a muffin/bun tin with some cases.
2. To a medium sized saucepan, add the chopped Mars bars, butter and golden syrup.
3. Gently melt the mix over a low heat stirring continuously to combine all the ingredients and to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
4. Once melted, take off the heat and add the broken biscuits. Stir well to coat all the biscuits.
5. Add a spoonful to each bun case, pressing down the centre to form a nest shape. Allow to chill for an hour.
6. Remove the bun case covers and drizzle some melted chocolate over the top of each nest. Then add 3 mini eggs or jelly beans.


I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter!
Nessa x

9 comments:

paulaannryan said...

Great idea! The kids love chocolate biscuit cake but never thought to make them in individual portions! This will be on the to do list next week! Have a lovely Easter!

Nessa Robins said...

Thanks Paula! We're making a giant one, here tonight. Happy Easter :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Nessa, Happy Easter to you and your family too! You are creating wonderful memories for your children! Love the choc nests! Yum!

Sue/the view from great island said...

I just love seeing your boys cooking, a lot of concentration is going into chopping that Mars bar! Happy Easter to you and your family.

Nessa Robins said...

Thank you very much, Mary! I hope you and your family have a nice & relaxing time over Easter.
Thank you Sue! I think they concentrate a lot harder when there's chocolate involved :) Happy Easter!

Cakewmn said...

What a lovely Easter egg story, Nessa! I am very much looking forward to rhubarb season here to try your heavenly sounding rhubarb & ginger jam. Have a lovely Easter!

Aoife Mc said...

Hope you had a lovely weekend, Nessa. I wish we could have some city hens to lay us eggs every morning! Maybe when we get a bigger garden someday it might become a reality... :)

Donna OShaughnessy said...

So very cute Nessa ! My GKS and I did fab things for Easter, but felt sad when the celebrations were over. I will share this recipe with them the next time they are here. They love cooking "From Nessa's House"

Nessa Robins said...

Thanks for visiting, Cynthia! That jam is so quick & easy to make. I hope you enjoy it!
Hens are so easy to keep and I know you'd love them. Some day soon, Aoife!
Donna, you always leave the loveliest of comments! I'm thrilled that you get to enjoy cooking some of the recipes with your grand children!

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