Well, easy peasy though these may be, I had never made Easter chocolate cornflake nests before, so as I'm very busy at work at the moment I thought they would be the perfect quick charity bake!
Easter chocolate cornflake nests
450g cooking chocolate, broken into small pieces (I used a mixture of milk and dark)
5 tbsp golden syrup
72 Cadbury's mini eggs
1. Melt the chocolate and butter gently in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring constantly until completely smooth.
2. Stir in the golden syrup.
3. Place the cornflakes into a large bowl and pour the chocolate over. Stir gently with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon to combine.
4. Place paper cases into 2 muffin trays, and spoon the mixture into them, wedging 3 mini eggs into the top of each cake.
5. Place in the refrigerator to cool and set for approx 1 hour.
I googled around and found several recipes, all with slightly different proportions of cornflakes and chocolate. Most seemed to use 100g of chocolate and 75-100g of cornflakes for 12 cakes; but several commenters had said this amount of chocolate isn't enough to bind the mixture. I can't emphasize this enough .. it isn't NEARLY enough. You definitely need 200g + of chocolate for each 100g of cornflakes. that's the reason i used a mixture of milk and dark chocolate - I used up the milk choc I intended for the job, and had to pull some dark choc out of the cupboard to top it up!!
Also I used less golden syrup than some recipes which use up to 2 tbsp per 100g of chocolate! The other thing I would say is that I used medium size cupcake cases (not the largest) and didn't overfill them but this mixture made 19 cakes.
Having said all of the above they were one of the quickest and easiest things I have made, so i hope they'll go down well with my colleagues.
I would like to enter these into a couple of Easter baking challenges as follows:
That's all for today. I'll be back later with a fundraising update.
Update: well these seemed to go down an Easter treat - they were soon snapped up, and when I tried one I definitely think it was worth using the extra chocolate :-)
Amount raised: £18.00