Easter / Ishtar Chocolate Egg Nests (v)

Easter isn’t Ishtar without these nests. I prefer to use a base of butter, golden syrup and drinking chocolate/cocoa for the chocolate rather than melting chocolate as they remain softer and nicer to eat that way. This is a great recipe to get the kids to do, or to make to bring back memories of the last day of school!

For 10-12 nests you need
6 shredded wheat, crushed
100g butter or vegan spread
4 tbsp golden syrup
4 tbsp drinking chocolate or cocoa powder
Chocolate eggs to decorate
Paper muffin cases

Melt the butter, golden syrup and drinking chocolate in a pan gently. Mix into the crushed shredded wheat and then spoon into cases. Leave an indentation in the middle for the eggs to nestle in to. Top with eggs and leave for an hour or so to set. Yummy!

Cadbury’s Creme Egg Brownies

A brownie adorned with a cadbury’s creme egg showed up in my newsfeed on Facebook earlier in the week, so I decided to treat us to some for Easter. I’ve used mini creme eggs as the large ones would have made them too sickly (imho!). The brownie recipe I have used is my tried and tested adaptation of the Hummingbird Bakery’s plain chocolate brownie which is chewy and moist and delicious. Enjoy!

For 12 portions you need
200g good quality plain chocolate
125g butter
150g plain flour
325g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

6 mini cadbury’s creme eggs

Melt the chocolate and butter. Once melted and cooled slightly, mix in the other ingredients. Pour the batter into a lined swiss roll tin and bake at 160 degrees for about 15 mins. 

Carefully cut the eggs in half, but don’t worry too much if they break a bit. After 15 mins, take the brownies out of the oven and push the halves of eggs into the semi cooked batter. Place them back in the oven for a further 15 mins to finish cooking. 

Leave to cool for 10 min before removing from the baking tin and slicing into generous squares. Happy Ishtar!

Easter Nests

Frankly Easter isn’t Easter without these… Make sure you buy own brand shredded wheat tho in order to avoid Nestle babykillers ones. Although I am sure that the own brand ones are probably just Nestle in disguise…
Anyway. For about 10 nests you need:
2 chocolate easter egg shells
6 shredded wheats
small knob of butter
packet of mini eggs or other mini egg type things
Melt the chocolate with the butter. Scrunch the shredded wheat to smithereens. Add to the chocolate. Mix. Place spoonfuls into cake cases and make a hollow in the middle. Decorate with eggs. Eat. Feel sick.

Chocolate Easter Nests

Yes I know it’s not Easter yet, but I love these and they’re something Lex can make on his own too.

For about 12 nests you need:
200g milk chocolate
25g dark chocolate
100g shredded wheat (about 5 individual large wheats)
25g butter
12 mini chocolate eggs
12 jelly beans

Melt the chocolate and butter. Meanwhile crush the wheats in your hands into a bowl. Once the choc/butter is melted add to the crushed wheat and mix well. Place into cake cases and top with a mini chocolate egg and a jelly bean. Scoff and feel that they’re sort of good for you as they contain shredded wheat. Never make again till next Spring!