I know, I know, Easter was last weekend and I missed it with these Easter nests. But it’s a season for springtime festivals after the darkness and hibernation of the winter months, so perhaps I’m not too late after all. My children certainly don’t seem to mind that we made Easter goodies after the event! Time is more flexible when you’re as young as they are, I guess.
So yes, the Easter bunny hopped by our house earlier today and caught us in the act of creating sticky, gooey nests for the chocolate eggs he laid on Sunday.
Funnily enough, it seems that people did once believe that bunnies were laying eggs at this time of the year. The story goes that they would mistakenly connect their lucky discoveries of clutches of eggs hidden among the hedgerows with the mad March hares they saw bouncing around in the fields. In reality, the hidden treasure had actually been laid by the unconfined hens of those days as they roamed freely in the meadows. It’s a shame such child-like logic had to be disillusioned, in some ways – I rather like the picture of frantically fertile bunnies stopping every now and then in their frenzied hopping to deposit a few eggs in unexpected places.
Although we were too late for Easter, I’m hoping that we’ll still be in time to offer our nests to Julia of A Slice of Cherry Pie for her Easter Cake Bake 2009. I’m a little hazy about days and dates right now (a side-effect of school holidays, I find), but I’m pretty sure we haven’t yet had the 20th April!
Easter White Chocolate Nests
10 oz rolled oats
4 oz Rice Krispies
4 oz milk chocolate chips
8 oz unsalted butter
7 oz golden syrup
6 oz white chocolate
1/2 tsp fleur de sel
60 mini chocolate eggs
Makes 30 nests.
Mix together the oats, Rice Krispies and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
Melt the butter, golden syrup and white chocolate together in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the fleur de sel, then pour the mixture over the dry ingredients in the big bowl.
Get several children to take turns stirring with a big wooden spoon until all the dry ingredients are moistened (it’s okay to do it yourself if you can’t find any little people to help, but it won’t taste as good).
Use an ice-cream scoop to dollop the sticky mess into paper cupcake liners. Press a couple of mini eggs into the top of each nest.
Leave to set if you can resist them for long enough.