Chocolate Cornflake nests will always be one of my favourite Easter recipes. Sometimes the simple things really are the best.
I have clear memories of making them when we were small and now, as a teacher, I love to make them with children. When I was teaching English at a Hong Kong language centre, we must have made hundreds of these at Easter. Every class, from the tiny ones right through to the older children loved getting involved. Even really small children will some how sit quietly as soon as the cornflakes and chocolate come out, patiently waiting for their turn to pour or stir or scoop. The chance to lick out the chocolatey bowl, with its few stray chocolate coated cornflakes, was always a very popular part of class too!
This giant nest makes a great Easter centre piece. If you don’t yet have your Easter dessert sorted, this is a fantastic last minute option. Taking only minute to prepare, plus a little chilling time, its quick and incredibly easy. If you have children at home its a great way to get the involved with making the Easter Sunday lunch. The giant nest can easily serve an entire family, with some left over for an Easter Monday treat.
Load it up with whatever little eggs you fancy, or line the well of the nest with tin foil and fill with spring flowers or fluffy Easter chicks.
I really enjoyed taking this out into the garden to photograph, although it was a challenge to walk and balance the eggs in the nest at the same time! Seeing the shiny foiled eggs in the grass and poking out amongst the flowers took me back to the egg hunts we used to have when we were small, and I wish I wasn’t too old to have now. Running around the garden, wicker baskets in hand, searching out chocolate eggs, and hard boiled eggs dyed blue, yellow, pink, green. Looking out the window before we were allowed to go and seeing the colours peeking out from underneath flowers, or hiding behind the edge of a flower pot.
There’s just something magical about an egg hunt.
Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Giant Chocolate Cornflake Nest
(inspired by Good Housekeeping)
200g milk chocolate
200g dark chocolate
2 tablespoons golden syrup
Take a large piece of grease proof paper. Draw around a 7inch baking tin, or a dinner plate. This circle will be the template to help you form the nest.
In a large pan, melt together the butter, chocolate and golden syrup over a low heat, stirring regularly.
Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the cornflakes. Keep stiring until all the cornflakes are covered in chocolate, and there are no pools of chocolate mixture at the bottom of the bowl. Don’t worry if some of the cornflakes break up while you stir.
Spoon the chocolate mixture onto the grease proof paper. Begin by filling in the circle with a layer about an inch thick. Next, build up the sides, shaping with your hands, to make the nest. You should be left with a well in the centre.
Chill for about 2 hours until set.
Fill with chocolate Easter eggs.