The tried and tested chocolate crackle. Everyone knows them, almost everyone loves them. So easy, so nostalgic. In this case nest shaped to hold Easter eggs.
4 cups Rice Bubbles
1 cup desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 cup icing sugar
20 pack of Cadbury Hunting egss
Place cupcake papers on a tray. This mix makes about 24. Melt the copha in a glass bowl in the microwave until almost completely melted. Remove from microwave and stir until it has all melted. Add in rice bubbles and coconut then sift in icing sugar and cocoa powder. Stir thoroughly until all combined. Spoon carefully into cupcake papers as the copha will still be really hot. Take 1 Easter egg and press gently into the centre of the chocolate crackle mixture making an indent for the egg. Set aside to cool, you can put them in the fridge if it is a hot day. To fill the nest with little eggs, use something larger to put the indent into the mixture. Once set stand the hunting eggs in the centre of the nests.
A great little dessert for children or to top off an adult dessert like cake or cupcakes, just secure with melted chocolate or icing. You could also use them as table decorations for an Easter party. I intended to use mine to decorate a cake but then remembered that my Dad would probably appreciate something a little more fancy for dessert for Easter Sunday, more on that later. Since Saturday I have been eating these little nests without the eggs for dessert because Daniel doesn’t like them so I have 7 to eat myself.
Easy enough for a child to make, I remember making these with my mum when I was little. There is something purely innocent about these that makes you feel like a child while eating them. It might be the rice bubbles, a highly inappropriate breakfast cereal that makes for an amazing ingredient to add to baking. The crackly top and the hard set copha and chocolate at the bottom like the base of an ice cream cone, the best bit!
Maybe this coming weekend now that Easter is over you can whip up a few of these to ease yourself out of the chocolate coma I know most people have been in for the past week. I made a quarter batch, as you know I am a huge fan of making smaller amounts. It made 8 nests, which would be 6 normal crackles. The perfect way to ease off the chocolate before we head into a week of devouring batches of Anzac biscuits.