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Kids are silly. There is nothing like the combination of making candy and a silly kid to make a gooey, messy recipe fun.
My niece is in town for two weeks, and I only get a couple of those days. So, we have to cram as much fun as we can into our short time together.
At 10, she is bright, inquisitive, and full of wonder.
Unless she is with me, then she just giggles all the time.
No matter what else we do, we have to bake or make something when we are together. Sometimes we don’t have time for an involved project, but we always make something.
In 24 hours, we went to a baseball game, made coconut nests, played SNES games, and went to the botanical gardens. Next week, we are going to make a cake for Easter.
I love that she has so much fun learning to cook and bake. She is at an age where she can do most of the recipes by herself with minimal input from me.
This week we made some quick coconut nests.
We got out our chocolate and coconut.
We started melting our chocolate in the microwave and stirring it smooth.
Once it was fully melted, we added our coconut to the chocolate.
Then we scooped it out into piles on parchment paper, using my favorite #40 scoop. (You can learn more about my love of this scoop here.)
Once we had it scooped, we made wells in the nests and added our eggs.
We decided we did not like the Cadbury dark chocolate eggs I had purchased, as they are not as cute as we hoped. Next time we’ll buy different eggs.
I can’t wait to see what we bake up next!
Quick Coconut Nests
If the nests start to set up before the eggs are added dip the bottom of the eggs in any melted chocolate left in the bowl and place them in the nests.
- – 100g coconut flakes
- – 200g chocolate chips, milk or semi-sweet
- – candy coated chocolate eggs
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts on 30% power. Stir after each interval until smooth.
- Add the coconut.
- Drop by rounded spoonfuls or scoops onto parchment paper.
- Using the back of a spoon coated in cooking spray, create wells in the nests.
- Place the eggs in the nests and refrigerate until set.
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