07 April 2014

Chocolate Easter Egg Nests


Easter is not too far off, although with all the chocolate, Easter eggs and other paraphernalia in the shops you'd think it was right now.

It doesn't hurt to be a little organized (although I still think hot cross buns on Boxing Day is way over the top) and plan any treats you intend to indulge in early. Each year Hannah makes these little Easter egg nests for our family dinner on Easter Saturday, and each year everyone enjoys them.

They are really quick and simple to make, and don't cost a fortune, especially if you buy the chocolate on sale (and it's on sale regularly in the lead-up to Easter).

To jazz things up a bit she sometimes uses fruit and nut or hazel nut chocolate instead of the plain milk chocolate, it really depends on what chocolate is on sale when we do the shopping.

Chocolate Easter Egg Nests

Ingredients:
200g milk chocolate
200g dark chocolate
100g shredded coconut
40 mini chocolate Easter eggs - solid chocolate or filled or candy eggs, whatever you like

Method:
Break up all the chocolate and place it in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water) until the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool slightly. Add the coconut and stir to combine.


On a large sheet of baking paper drop spoonsful of the mixture about 7cm in diameter. Use the back of a metal spoon to make a small dent in the centre of each nest, where the eggs will sit. Cool completely, then refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Just before serving, fill the nests with eggs.

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