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CHOCOLATE NESTS WITH MINI SPECKLED EASTER EGGS

This Easter we’ve got you covered when it comes to dessert!

CHOCOLATE NESTS WITH MINI SPECKLED EASTER EGGS

This Easter we’ve got you covered when it comes to dessert!

CHOCOLATE NESTS WITH MINI SPECKLED EASTER EGGS

This Easter we’ve got you covered when it comes to dessert!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

FOR THIS EASY DESSERT IDEA YOU WILL NEED

SHOPPING LIST

QUANTITIES OF INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x patisserie, chocolate baked cheesecake
  • 150g x dark chocolate
  • 2 x pieces of foil
  • 1 x packet white speckled eggs (if you cannot find speckled eggs, you can use the mini chocolate eggs)
  • 1 x bowl of iced cold water
  • 1 x piping bag or sandwich bag

METHOD

This recipe can easily yield nests for 4 cheesecakes. You just double if you want more, depending on how many slices you would like to serve.

  1. Take a medium size cutting board and grease it with non-stick spray.
  2. Take your 2 pieces of foil strips and crunch them individually into small balls. (golf ball size) Flatten the bottom of each ball so that they sit firmly on your cutting board.
  3. Now, place your dark chocolate into a mixing bowl and microwave in 45 second intervals, until all the chocolate has melted. In our microwave we zapped it 3 times. If you want to make more nests, add an additional 150 g of dark chocolate. Once melted you will need to act fast before the chocolate cools.
  4. At this stage, once the chocolate has melted, have your bowl with cold Icelandic water ready and waiting.

FOR THIS NEXT STEP YOU WILL NEED A PAIR OF SCISSORS, A TABLESPOON A DRINKING GLASS AND A PIPING BAG

  1. Take your piping bag and place in and over your glass.
  2. Using your tablespoon, spoon all the melted chocolate into your piping bag.
  3. Once all the chocolate is in the bag, gently tap the glass to ensure the chocolate makes its way to the bottom of the bag.
  4. Twist the remaining piping bag until the bag becomes a full cone-like shape.
  5. Using your scissors, snip the bottom of the piping bag. Don’t snip too much, you want a small thing opening, so that the chocolate doesn’t come out in blobs.
  6. And now for the fun part. Squeezing your piping bag gently, ‘scribble’ into the bowl of cold water, making sure you cross hatch the chocolate. This ensures it remains strong, so that it doesn’t break once the chocolate has set.
  7. Gently splash water over the chocolate scribbles or gently immerse them under the water to ensure the scribbles solidify.
  8. Remove them immediately from the cold water and cup the chocolate scribbles over the foil ball. That’s how you will form the shape of the nest. Repeat with the second nest and third etc…
  9. Once the first layer of chocolate scribbles are done, repeat the exact process again but this time, as you cup the second layer over the first, drizzle additional chocolate over the entire nest so as to ‘glue’ the 2 layers together.
  10. When done refrigerate and bring out only when you’re ready to plate. This means that you can do this the night before.
  11. Once you’re ready to plate, bring out your thawed cheesecake slices and your chocolate nests.
  12. Gently remove the chocolate from the foil balls, by twisting them and then removing. Don’t worry if the parts of the chocolate on your cutting board break off, it’s the cupped chocolate that is important.
  13. Now, place each chocolate nest onto your cheesecake together with 2 speckled eggs into each nest. If you want, you can add one egg at the base of each slice.

AND YOU ARE READY TO SERVE. THE KIDS WILL LOVE THIS, AS WOULD THE GROWN-UPS. NOW THE ONLY THING THAT REMAINS IS TO DECIDE WHO IS GOING TO DRESS-UP AS THE EASTER BUNNY!

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