Easter Birds Nest Recipe
This Easter birds nest recipe is very easy so even the kids can help. You could either make one large nest as a table centerpiece or a small one for each child.
These Easter birds nests are also very easy to make so a great one for the kids to help you with. Just be careful when using the hot chocolate and sticking little fingers in it to taste!
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Ingredients for Easter Birds Nest Recipe
Preparation Time: 20 minutes + cooling time
Makes about 8
Equipment: Non metal bowl, microwave, wooden spoon, metal spoon, silicone muffin mould or patty tins
- 1 1/2 cups baking chocolate
- 2 cups desiccated coconut
- 1/2 tablespoon water
- Small chocolate eggs or jelly beans
Tip: Use cooking chocolate if you are in a warm climate as it moulds more easily and is less likely to melt in your hands.
- Break up the chocolate into small pieces and melt either in the microwave on a low setting or place it in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
- When the chocolate is fully melted, remove from the heat and add the coconut and give it a good stir. Add a couple of drops of water which helps the mixture harden.
- Allow the mixture to cool so that you can handle it and then form into eight small balls.
- Place each ball in a patty tin mould and using a spoon make an indent in the center of each nest. I like to use the end of a pestle for this but if you don't have one then a spoon is just fine. If you are making one large nest, draw a circle outline on the paper first with a pencil so as to act as a guide.
- Place the nest(s) in a cool place or fridge to set.
- When full set, lift carefully off the sheet and fill with small chocolate eggs or jelly beans.
Easter Meringue Nests
Here is another Easter birds nest recipe.
These delicious Easter Meringue Nests are great for a kids Easter party or if you are having a family get together.
They are quick and easy to make and what is great is that if you are pushed for time you can buy most of the ingredients and then it is just a question of assembling the meringue nests which takes no time at all.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: approximately 75 minutes
Makes about 15
Equipment: 2 large bowls, hand whisk or electric whisk, large spoon or tablespoon, baking tray, silicone paper
- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 1/4 cups double or whipping cream
- Small chocolate eggs
Instructions for Easter birds nest recipe
- Preheat the oven to 150C/300F and cover a baking tray with grease proof paper.
- Sieve the icing sugar and cream of tartar into a bowl.
- Separate the white and yolks of the eggs into - you will only need to use the egg whites. Place the egg whites into a large clean bowl.
Note: Be careful not to get any of the yolk mixed in with the egg whites as otherwise, they will not whisk properly.
- Using an electric mixer (or hand whisk if you have the energy), whip up the egg whites until they form stiff peaks .
- Whilst still whisking, gradually add the sugar and cream of tartar adding one tablespoon at a time.
- Whisk until the meringue mix is thick and glossy.
- Using a tablespoon place dollops of the meringue on your baking tray. Try to keep the meringues in a round shape and use the spoon to create a dip in the center.
- Place in the oven for about 15 minutes then turn the over down to 110C/225F and cook for a further 1 hour. The meringues should then be crispy on the outside but slightly chewy on the inside.
- Leave the meringues in the oven, turn the oven off and allow them to fully cool. When cool, store them in an airtight tin.
- To assemble your meringue nests, whip up the cream until it forms soft peaks.
- Fill each meringue nest with some of the whipped cream and then top with small chocolate Easter eggs. It is best to do this at the last minute unless you have lots of fridge space to store the assembled meringues and cream.
Try both these Easter Birds Nest Recipe ideas and let me know which you like best.
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Easter Birds Nest Recipe