Choc-Coco Egg Nests

Friday, March 29, 2013

This simple recipe is a hand-me-down from Mamma B. I remember munching on these each Easter growing up, and while the original recipe calls for Copha and resembles the Aussie 'Chocolate Crackle', I had to improvise as the famed Australian block of shortening doesn't exist in France. This version is much more healthy anyway!

Choc-Coco Egg Nests
Makes three large nests or four small.

Ingredients
(French terms of ingredients are provided in brackets for those on this side of the world to more easily locate them in the supermarket).
+ 200g good-quality all purpose cooking chocolate (chocolat patissier)
+ 1/2 cup of icing sugar, sifted (sucre glace)
+ 1 1/2 cups shaved coconut (noix de coco râpée)
+ Toppings or sprinkles of your choice - I used orange vermicelli sprinkles to add a bit of colour but chocolate, bits of honeycomb, or even 100s and 1000s would be a cute touch. (vermicelle de sucre)
+ Small Easter Eggs (Œufs de pâques au chocolat)

Over a bain-marie melt the chocolate. When half the chocolate has melted, mix in the sifted icing sugar, tablespoon by tablespoon, making sure it is properly mixed before adding the next spoonful. Once all mixed together with no residual lumps of chocolate take off the heat and dump in the coconut. Mix, mix, mix until all the coconut is completely coated. Line a baking tray or chopping board with baking paper. Using a large spoon or clean hands take a small handful of the mix, form it into a ball and press onto the sheet. Using your thumbs or the back of the spoon make a dent in the middle of the ball. Continue until all the mix is used and dust the sprinkles all over. Place the baking tray/ chopping board in the fridge for a couple of hours until the chocolate hardens.

I packaged them up for les enfants with some beautiful speckled Dutch-chocolate eggs, little fluffy chickens, fringed green tissue paper and wrapped it all up cellophane, secured with a white pipe cleaner to resemble bunny ears.


Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Easter weekend!


xx

2 comments :

  1. These were really yummy! I think I may have some dried grated coconut in my pantry - I should dig it out and bake some :)

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    1. Thank you! It's so super easy it's ridiculous. To make the little balls I used a measuring spoon, there's a pic here; http://instagram.com/p/XeiGlsujzT/
      xx

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