Whether you are religious or not, Easter is a great time to spend with your loved ones and to count your blessings, so to speak. Crispie cakes, or rather Easter nests, pop up every year around Easter time in the UK, but why buy them when making them is a) more fun b) more chocolatey and c) super easy!
It is a great treat to whip up in a hurry or to make with kids because there is no baking involved. The only thing that needs a sensible adult’s supervision, notice the sensible there, is the Bain Marie. So, without further ado, let’s go make a mess and call it cooking!
For this you will need:
300g Milk Chocolate
300g (approx) of Rice Krispies, Rice Snaps, Something else that is essentially the same cereal.
Decorations of your choice.
Alternatively you could make one big one and cut them into squares, meaning you will need a pan/tray/mould instead of cupcake pans and papers. You can also just use the cupcake papers on a normal tray, completely up to you. I just like to use a cupcake tray to keep them looking neater.
You can also make this with Weetabix/Shreddies etc, for a more traditional look (it looks more like twigs, but in my opinion tastes like them too) or Cornflakes.
My version made 24 Easter nest treats.
Step 1: Break up your chocolate into squares and put them in a heat safe bowl. Sit the bowl OVER not IN a pan of boiling water. This is the Bain Maries technique to melt chocolate. It stops the chocolate from burning or curdling. Gentle melting is key. If you were chocolate you would probably want to be melted gently too instead of incinerated.
Step 2: Melt the chocolate on a medium heat. If the water gets a bit vicious and boils, just adjust the heat until your chocolate is all melted.
Step 3: Take your bowl off of the pan and set it down on a steady surface. Add your cereal. In the ingredients I said 300g-ish of cereal. I, however, must confess that I did not measure my cereal out, I just used around 3/4 of a 400g bag. The great thing about this recipe is that it is not fiddly. You can do it all by sight. If there is a lot of melted chocolate left in your bowl, just add more cereal until everything looks evenly coated.
Step 4: Lay out your cupcake papers onto your tray and separate the mixture into the cases. They can be as big or as small as you want. If you are planning on using mini eggs or the like to decorate, a good tip it to make a small well in the centre so the eggs will fit in and stay still!
Step 5: Put in the fridge for around 10 minutes to set, but keep checking them as they could need a little more time if they have extra chocolate or are bigger.
Step 6: Once they are have set and won’t move around when you try to decorate them… well… DECORATE. I decided to put a small blob of marshmallow fluff in the centre and then some mini eggs to finish. Yet, when questioned by a seven year old about the reasons behind the marshmallow fluff, taste alone was not good enough. So I told them it was bird poo. What else do you find in nests?!
Have a wonderful weekend!