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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Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Christmas is the perfect time for a bit of baking and what better than some festive Christmas cookies. These are so easy to make and are a perfect treat for when anyone comes over during December. It’s also a really fun activity to do with your friends, children or boyfriend, especially the decorating part.

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The recipe is really straight forward and you can make them into any shapes you’d like! I went for stars and circles, which were meant to be decorated as Christmas baubles but that didn’t really go to plan.

What you will need:

90g unsalted butter

100g caster sugar

2 large eggs

300g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

teaspoon of vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Start by mixing the sugar and butter together in a bowl until it is light and fluffy. Next crack two eggs and the vanilla extract into a separate bowl, gradually adding this to the sugar and butter mix. Once they are mixed together you want to start adding the flour, baking powder (not a lot as it may effect the cookie’s shape) and a pinch of salt, mixing it all together until it forms a dough like constancy. I had to add a bit more flour, but if you do this remember to even it out by also adding some sugar.

Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for an hour.

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Next you want to pre-heat your oven to 180oc and slightly flour the surface you will be working on. You will then roll out your dough and use your cookie cutter to create the cookie shapes before placing them on a lined baking tray. Bake them in the oven for around 20 minutes until they are a pale golden colour.

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Now its time to decorate! This is the stage where you can do whatever you like. I decided to make some icing by simply adding some water to icing sugar, then decorating them with some silver balls. For a even simpler but effect look you can just add a dusting of the icing sugar on top of the cookies, giving them a festive snowy feel.

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