Eggcellent Easter Chocolate Nests

Easter is heree! How has this happened. Christmas was seriously 2 weeks ago and now .. it’s Easter .. huh?

I’ve realised that my blog seems to be very baking orientated recently, I promise I will mix things up soon! But it’s Easter which is the perfect time for some baking so I couldn’t not.

Every year I decide to challenge myself by giving up something for lent. This year I choose chocolate. I have a serious chocolate addiction. I’m just obsessed. So to combat this I thought that going cold turkey on it for 40 days would help. It hasn’t. I can not WAIT until Easter Sunday comes and I can consume my body weight in the stuff. Resisting licking the spoon at the end of making these cakes was one of the hardest things but I powered through.

Every Easter for as long as I remember my mum made up these little Easter nest cakes. They are so easy and quick to make as well as tasting amazing!

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What you will need

600g chocolate (I went for dairy milk but choice is yours)

10 biscuits of Shredded Wheat cereal

Mini eggs

Carrot Decorations (Asda)

Mini Chicks (Waitrose)

Instructions

Break the chocolate into chunks and put in a large mixing bowl. Melt the chocolate then gradually add the shredded wheat, crushing in your hands until finely shredded .. see what I did there .. yup moving on. Mix this together well ensuring all the chocolate has been adsorbed.

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You then want to spoon the mixture into cake cases before topping off with your choice of decorations. It’s best to add your decorations whilst the mixture is still wet to ensure they stick. Place your finished cakes onto a baking tray and leave in the fridge for an hour to set.

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Simple. Hope everyone has a lovely Easter!

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Pancake Day!

HAPPY PANCAKE DAY! What better than a day dedicated to making and eating pancakes. And I like to go all out. My favourite type of pancakes are big fluffy American style ones, perfect for breakfast! I have posted about these before back in December – American Style Pancakes. It is such an easy recipe to follow and makes the best pancakes!

You will need:

3 large eggs

115g plain flour

1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder

140ml of milk

a pinch of salt

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  1. Separate the eggs, with the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another
  2. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, adding the baking powder, milk and yolks in too before mixing them all together into a batter
  3. Add salt to the egg whites and whisk until stiff. Fold this into the batter mixture.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat and ladle the mixture into the pan, frying for a few minutes until it looks golden and firm. Use a spatula to loosen the pancake before flipping over and continue until both sides are golden.
  5. Pile your pancakes onto a plate and add your toppings!

YUM! Enjoy!

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Weekend Brunch

I think everyone should add – eat more brunch – to their list of resolutions this year. I definitely got my fix this weekend whilst through in Edinburgh. The city has an abundance of lovely places to eat, especially when it comes to brunch, so there are loads of different options.

On Saturday morning we decided to head to Montpeliers, situated in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield. Montpeliers has the perfect atmosphere for a chilled morning brunch along with amazing food and service. Both starting with a refreshing mint tea, I then went for the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup whilst Michael opted for the potato stack with black pudding, haggis, bacon and homemade potato scones with a fried egg. Yumm. We were both very impressed and will definitely be back!IMG_335512401010_10205828170358598_8801874082359646664_nIMG_3351IMG_3358IMG_3360IMG_3359

When it came to Sunday morning, it was dark, cold and snowy so we felt we deserved a nice filling meal by going for yes, another brunch. This time we went to TriBeCa, a restaurant I have been familiar with in Glasgow, which has fairly recently expanded itself, opening a restaurant in Edinburgh. Also situated within Bruntsfield, TriBeCa has a completely different felt to that of Montpeliers. The restaurant is themed on all things New York with a menu aiming to reflect that. We lucky arrived just as a table were leaving so were seated pretty quickly however a que quickly formed out the door shortly after. The restaurant was packed with a buzzing atmosphere, not everyone’s cup of tea on a Sunday morning but I enjoyed it. When it came to ordering there was so much option it took us a while to decide. I opted for the Varick Breakfast which came with french toast, bacon, sausages, hash browns and eggs (I’ve never been a great egg fan so they were slid to Michael’s plate). He went for the Eggs Benedict, also adding bacon, sausage and hash browns. Its safe to say we were full for pretty much all day, the portion sizes are massive! Again we were both very happy with our meals and although not managing to finish it all, were fully satisfied. If your in need of a good feed then this is your place!IMG_3427IMG_3401IMG_3402IMG_3408IMG_3416IMG_3418

I will need to stop writing now as this is making me hungry but if your looking for a good brunch in Edinburgh I would definitely recommend either of these places. No doubt we will be back at both again soon.

… Diet starts tomorrow …

American Style Pancakes

Watching Elf over and over had me craving something sweet, not quite the sugar covered spaghetti he makes for breakfast but how about sugar covered pancakes! I used the American pancake recipe from Jamie Oliver which is super easy and the results are amazing! Proper fluffy pancakes.

To make them you will need:

3 large free-range eggs

115g plain flour

1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder

140ml of milk

pinch of salt

First sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, adding the baking powder and milk in too. Next separate the eggs, the whites in one bowl and the yolks in with the flour and milk mixture. You then want to mix the flour mixture together into a smooth thick batter. In the other bowl, add the salt to the egg whites and whisk until stiff. Fold this into the mixture and your ready to go!

Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat and ladle the mixture into the pan, frying for a few minutes until it looks golden and firm. The amount of mixture you use for each pancake depends on what size you like to make them. Use a spatula to loosen the pancake before flipping over and continue until both sides are golden.

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You can serve the pancakes with anything you like! I have a terrible sweet tooth so I would always go for something like Nutella and banana. However you could also go for bacon and maple syrup, fruit, jam .. the options are endless!

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Enjoy! x

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