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Bookish Bites : Easter chocolate special

Okay, so if last week’s Bookish Bites Six Little Chicks chicken coop didn’t satisfy your chocolate cravings, don’t panic. This week’s is a chocolate extravaganza. Or maybe an eggstravanganza!

I’m so sorry.

There is no particular book attached to this week’s Bookish Bites but it would work well with any children’s book related to Easter that has chickens, eggs or nests in and I’ve provided a bit of a list at the end of this post should you be inspired to do some Easter reading with your children.

This was though inspired by the extremely lovely author of Martha and the Bunny Brothers, Clara Vulliamy and her very generous nature when it comes to sharing little fluffy chicks over the internet and in real life. I spotted a delicious cake on Twitter that Clara made for her daughter with the most delightfully coloured Easter chicks on them. You know the kind… the little fluffy yellow ones that are widely available this time of year, but these weren’t just yellow but light blue, lilac, orange, green and pink! How much more fun is that! Anyway, a lovely Twitter chat ensued and Clara very kindly sent me some chicks that she had left over.

And here they are shortly after arriving on my desk, with Milo’s dad’s Sigmund Freud action figure who also sits on my desk. Yes, that’s how we roll in this family.

And so onto our Bookish Bites for this week. An absolutely enormous chocolate easter nest, filled to the brim with chocolate eggs and happy chickens. This is so quick, simple and easy to do you can pretty much leave your toddler to do most of it. Great!

You will need:

  • 400g cooking chocolate (we used milk chocolate but dark would be rather tasty too)
  • Approximately 170 g of shredded wheat depending on how you like your chocolate to cereal ratio
  • Two bowls, one slightly smaller than the other
  • Some tin foil
  • Chocolate mini eggs
  • Delightfully colourful Easter chicks (or the bog standard yellow ones!)

Start by breaking up your chocolate and melting in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Obviously you’ll need to be careful doing this with your child.

While the chocolate was melting Milo put all the shredded wheat into a big bowl and set about crushing it up. Plenty of experience of doing that from making the nest in last week’s Bookish Bites.

I meanwhile covered the inside of the big bowl with tin foil, and the outside of the smaller bowl.

Once your chocolate has melted add the shredded wheat to the bowl and stir really, really well coating every last bit of your cereal with the chocolate.

Then pour the chocolate mix into the larger bowl. Spread the chocolate mix out to the edges so that it takes the shape of the bowl.

Then place the smaller bowl inside pushing down to maintain the nest like shape. Pop both bowls into the fridge for approximately two hours or until the chocolate/shredded wheat mix has set.

Be sure to lick the spoon and the bowl.

Get everything ready for decorating fun. We had a bowl of yellow chicks, a bowl of colourful ones and a big bowl of mini eggs.

Once your nest has set you’ll need to turn it out. Simply tip it up so that the smaller bowl in on the bottom. Remove the big bowl and peel back the foil. Tip back the right way and place on your cake stand.

And onto the decorating. Milo poured all the chocolate eggs into the nest and decorated the cake stand with our gorgeous chicks. The pretty, colourful, Clara ones all round the edge and our normal, yellow ones in the middle. Wonderful.

And finished.

Yes, that’s Clara’s gorgeous new book right there in the background (perfect timing for us as Milo is starting a new school very soon).

Now, I don’t normally give any kind of instruction on how you should go about serving up your Bookish Bites should you choose to make one, but in this case these are the things you need to know:

  • Use a serrated bread knife to saw through the nest. Maybe hold the nest while wearing an oven mit as it’s a bit poky.
  • For goodness sake, don’t do as we did and serve the daddy in the family a gigantic, enormous piece in comparison to the toddler and the mummy. The toddler will not appreciate it and will, having finished his normal sized piece, question the fact that the daddy is gleefully still chomping his way through his. The toddler will break down in tears and through snot filled gasps you will hear… “Why? Why? Daddy has more… Give me Daddy’s… I need Daddy’s… it’s my nest… I am feeling very upset. No, no, noooooo!”
  • Do definitely measure out equal amounts of easter nest when eating together and then sneak back to the fridge for more when your toddler is in bed.

the offending wedge of Easter nest

Before having a meltdown, when eating it’s always best to make ridiculous faces at your mum and dad.

To read a review of Martha and The Bunny Brothers I *heart* School, pop on over to Library Mice. For a fabulous interview with Clara, do dash to The Book Sniffer – some really great questions here and a fascinating insight into Clara’s work. And Clara herself? She has a fabulous blog right here on the internet.

If you’re looking for some Easter reading, try these:

Six Little Chicks by Jez Alborough
Tales from Moominvalley : Tove Jansson. Not exactly Easter but the moomins are always wonderful reading for transitions between seasons. I would also recommend Moomin and the Winter Snow – while about Winter, snow and hibernating, it is also about looking forward to Spring time and the return of good friends and the promise that the season brings. Oh, how I love the moomins.
Easter Things to Make and Do (Usborne) : I rather like the look of this… Easter really is one of those times of year where it just gives itself to crafting. I would also recommend Maggy’s blog RedTedArt. We made cards last year inspired by her fabulous posts.
Peter Rabbit : of course! rabbits, Spring time, Easter!
Chick : Ed Vere
The Great Easter Egg Scramble : Timothy Knapman – this looks fun, does it not?

We’ll be taking a break from Bookish Bites next week as there is a lot of family Easter baking planned and we’ll probably need a rest from eating for a while! We shall return the week after that though. Marvelous.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a fantastic nest! And a very fitting tribute to ‘Martha’. We were lucky enough to meet the delightful Clara in person this morning – just as lovely in real life as she is on Twitter.

    April 4, 2012
    • natashaworswick #

      Oh! Lucky you! The nest is fantastic – all gone 🙂 Tasted great and I’m really not sure that there’s anything better at Easter time.

      April 4, 2012
  2. Nothing quite beats an Easter Nest!!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

    April 4, 2012
    • natashaworswick #

      You’re quite right, we’ve always been a big fan of the Easter nest, and I highly recommend giant ones! Very satisfying to munch on. 🙂

      April 4, 2012
  3. We made some nests earlier this week, but as we can’t use Shreddies (and there is no other brand alternative) I used Malted Wheats instead which didn’t give as much of a nest effect. Still, they were yummy!

    April 5, 2012
    • natashaworswick #

      I think they pretty much end up yummy whatever cereal you use. Cornflakes and Special K work quite well too we’ve found (we add melted chocolate to far too many foody things I think!).

      April 5, 2012
  4. This is a fab post, thanks for the ideas. We have been getting exited about easter too! For a bit of a traditional English take on things you might like our roast lamb recipe

    April 8, 2012
    • natashaworswick #

      Thanks for stopping by, your tea shop looks lovely. We’ve been to NY a few times but not since having our son. Next time we go though we’ll be sure to pop in for a proper English cup of tea! Funnily enough your lamb dish is very similar to what my mum made for Easter Sunday dinner yesterday (though we are actually a vegetarian family so we had a veggie version while the rest of the family enjoyed their lamb!). Loving your cadbury creme egg post – what inventive recipes 🙂 – big fans of the cadbury creme egg here.

      April 9, 2012

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