It’s almost Easter, and here at Mollie & Fred we wanted to help you celebrate with some fun and easy recipes you and your kids will love!
Chocolate Easter Nests
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins
Serves: Makes 16 nests
- 8 full size biscuits of shredded wheat
- 1 handful of mini marshmallows, chopped in half
- 6 dried apricots, chopped
- 200g cooking of chocolate (milk/white)
- 48 chocolate mini eggs
Break up the shredded wheat into a large mixing bowl using your fingers. You don’t want any lumps. Add the chopped marshmallows and apricots and give it all a stir until everything is nicely mixed.
Break the cooking chocolate into small pieces and put in a heatproof bowl, melt in the microwave on full power for 30 seconds. Remove, stir and continue to melt in 30 second bursts, stirring in between until the chocolate is smooth and fully delicious looking.
Pour the shredded wheat mixture into the bowl of melted chocolate and then mix with big spoons until everything is evenly coated.
Put 16 cake cases into a couple of bun trays so the nests keep their shape.
Using a teaspoon, fill the cake cases with the mixture, pressing each one down in the centre to create the space for the mini eggs.
Nestle 3 mini eggs in the centre of each nest and then pop in the fridge to set for 1 hour.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins
Serves: Between 12-16
- 2 cups plain flour, gluten-free if necessary
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 750mL buttermilk
- 75g unsalted butter, melted
- ¾ cup choc chips
- Extra unsalted butter for greasing pan
Stir the flour, baking powder and sugar together in a big bowl. Add the eggs, buttermilk and melted butter, whisk to combine them all and then stir in the chocolate chips.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and melt ¼ teaspoon of the extra butter. Pour 1/3 cup of pancake batter into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn the pancake over gently and cook for another minute.
Transfer the cooked pancakes to a plate and keep warm (oven at 120°C) while cooking the rest of the pancakes. Remember to stir the mixture between pancakes so all the choc chips are not left on the bottom of the bowl.
These are great on their own but also wonderful with fresh berries, yoghurt, cream or mascarpone.
Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs
Prep time: Overnight
Cooking time: 5 mins
Serves: 5 eggs
- 2 packs of unflavoured gelatine
- 2/3 cup cold water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- Flavouring/food colouring (feel free to experiment with colours)
- 1 bar of chocolate (milk/white)
Fill a pan with about an inch of flour to make your egg moulds with. Use a real egg and press into the flour to make the forms for your marshmallows. Just make sure that you can’t see the bottom of the pan through the flour – if you can, you need to make it a little deeper.
Soften the gelatine in cold water then heat it to medium-high heat and add sugar. Stir the mixture until dissolved (about 3-4 minutes).
Get your corn syrup ready in a bowl and then pour the hot mixture into the corn syrup. Immediately start beating the mixture on high speed.
Add flavour and food colouring if desired. Continue beating until thick, fluffy and air-filled. It took me about 10 minutes to get the mixture to this point.
Spoon the mixture into your prepared moulds. When the moulds are filled, cover the eggs completely with flour and then let them sit out overnight. (Don’t worry, the flour wont mix with your marshmallow mixture – its like magic!)
The next day, pull the eggs out of the moulds and brush all of the excess flour off.
Melt your bar of chocolate (only takes 1-2 minutes in the microwave). Dip the bottom of your marshmallow egg in the melted chocolate and then place the chocolate side down on waxed paper.
Once that chocolate has set (this should only takes a couple of minutes), you can dip the top in chocolate as well. Make sure to place the bottom of the eggs (dry side) back on the waxed paper so that the tops stay smooth and rounded.
You can either eat the eggs just like that, or you can add some delicious Easter decorations to make them a little fancier. Enjoy!
Why not take a look through our fantastic range of Easter Gifts we offer at Mollie & Fred too? We offer everything from cute and decorative egg cups to fun Easter bunny painting kits!
- Gisela Graham Country Matters Ceramic Hen Large Coaster – £8.99
- Mustard Bad Egg Moustache Egg cup – £4.99
- Gisela Graham Polka Dot Hen Ceramic Mug – £6.99
- Gisela Graham Ceramic Bunny Egg Cup – £3.99
- Easter Bunny Painting Kit – £9.99