This is such a simple, but tasty, recipe that can be done by anyone, of any age, at a really low cost!
There are so many variations of this recipe online, but I followed a BBC GoodFood recipe that I will link at the bottom. I used double the ingredients as I had lots of hungry colleagues and friends to feed.
After heading to the shops to buy my ingredients, I had managed to pick up everything from either Aldi or Co-op… or so I thought. It wasn’t until I got back home that I realised I had forgotten the most important ingredient of all. THE CEREAL?! I really need to practice what I preach and ALWAYS have a shopping list, but even without one, how did I manage to forget cereal, the main ingredient?? Anyway, I had to improvise a bit, and made my Easter nests with Weetabix I had at home.
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be done with basically every cereal you can think of, as long as it is combined by the chocolate and golden syrup it will taste delicious.
My ingredients and measurements were:
- 100g Unsalted butter
- 100g Milk chocolate
- 100g Dark chocolate
- 6tbsp Golden syrup
- 8 Full size Weetabix (150g if you are using other cereal)
- 16/18 Bun cases (depending on size)
- Mini eggs (optional)
So, to start off the cakes I roughly broke up the milk and dark chocolate into a microwaveable bowl. I like to use both types of chocolate to get a rich flavour, and the golden syrup adds a lot of sweetness too, so the dark chocolate balances it out.
To the chocolate I then added the butter and golden syrup. I melted the ingredients in the microwave, heating for about 30 seconds, removing and stirring, and then returning to the microwave until melted. It is very important that the chocolate doesn’t burn, which can be done very easily in the microwave- I know from experience.
After a couple of minutes my chocolate mix was glossy and runny. I then left this to cool for a few minutes.
In another large bowl I crushed my Weetabix ensuring all the large pieces had broken up, ready to combine with the chocolate, golden syrup and butter.
I poured the chocolate onto my cereal and began to mix together. The golden syrup acts as a binding agent so the mixture becomes quite sticky and a bit tricky to stir, so if you are making this with little ones, they might need a hand.
In my baking trays I placed my easter bun cases. I managed to get these from Poundland and they were perfect. The cases were yellow and pink and covered in eggs and bunnies, and also came with some little bunny cake toppers that I will use another time.
Carefully I spooned the sticky, chocolatey cereal into the bun cases, sharing the mixture out equally.
Finally to turn these cereal cakes into Easter nests I needed to add some eggs! I chose mini eggs, however any chocolates would work well. I placed these on before putting them into the fridge as to let them set into the cereal cakes.
Now it was time to put them into the fridge. The only problem with this recipe is that you can’t eat them straight away… although if there’s some left in the bowl it is very yummy.
I left them in the fridge for about 3/4 hours, however they can also be left over night. I like mine a bit gooey when I eat them, so by the time I got to work they had softened nicely. They were great for sharing, and some of my work pals had never tried them before, so I was excited to share this easter treat!