Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fondant Easter Eggs in Chocolate Nests

Easter Sunday is just around the corner and the air is abuzz with festive cheer and gaiety. It is a season of hope and forgiveness, of laughter and merry making, of life and rebirth, of fasting and feasting. Easter eggs signifies a bird hatching from the stone of a tomb - symbolic of birth of a life and arrival of spring. Talking about feasts, Easter is one big season of bingeing and indulging.  


"On this Easter Sunday.... Forgive someone. Tell someone you love them. Let your light shine " --- Unknown


With so much festivities around me , I thought of indulging in a little bit of the fervour too. The easter nests and easter egg candies beckoned my heart & hearth's attention. And I was particularly eyeing for recipes sans egg :D


The fondant candy eggs from Aparna's space was spot on. These candies are sinful trips to heaven and back and are instant kid pleasers and also to the eternally kids at heart :) 




Ingredients: (Makes about 60-65 eggs 1" long)
  • Salted butter - 55 grams (1/4 cup) room temperature {Amul Butter}
  • Sweetened condensed milk - 200 ml
  • Icing Sugar - 375 grams to 475 grams (about 3 to 3 3/4 cups)
  • Food colour and flavours of choice
  • 1 to 2 cups icing sugar for kneading the fondant
Here's How:-

Put the butter in a bowl and whisk it till it becomes fluffy. Add the condensed milk and whisk again. Add 375 grams (3 cups) of icing sugar and mix together with a fork till blended well. Add some more of the remaining icing sugar, if necessary, till we have a dough (fondant) that is not sticky and stiff but firm.


Divide the fondant into four portions. Dust your working surface with some icing sugar. Colour with one or two drops and flavor each portion according to your preference. Knead each portion, separately, adding a little more icing sugar as necessary, until the colour is well blended and there are no streaks.



Working with one colored fondant portion at a time, pinch of small bits and shape into smooth 1 to 1 1/4" long “eggs”. I also had fun mixing the dough to make multi-coloured eggs. Dust your palms with icing sugar if necessary. Place the eggs on baking sheets and refrigerate them for about 5 hours or overnight.

Use these “eggs” as they are to decorate or dip them in melted chocolate if you prefer. This recipe makes about 60 to 75 eggs (about 1” long). You can use them to decorate cakes, cupcakes, etc.

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For the chocolate nests, I went for a recipe from (taste.com)
  • Milk Chocolate - 200 grams 
  • Dark Chocolate - 200 grams
  • Shredded coconut - 100 grams




Here's How :-

Break up all the chocolate and place it in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool slightly. Add the coconut and stir to combine.


Since I ran short of baking paper, I just greased a small cup (katori) and dropped the choco-coconut combo into the same.  Cool completely and then let it refrigerate for some time. Make a dent for eggs to sit. Refrigerate it further until firm. Just before serving, fill nests with eggs.



This is off to Avant Garde Cookies - Easter Recipes

24 comments:

  1. this is such a lovely idea... love that click of ur child licking the condensed milk tin - when elders do it, why shouldn't they??? :)

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  2. brilliant fondant eggs PS. I would have fused three colors into one. Lucky the kids and the eternally kids at heart

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    1. guess what anu - i did too though all such multi-colured eggs vanished before I could take clicks:)

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  3. Superb idea I love anything chocolate. Loving the click where your kid is licking the milk made ;-)

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  4. Love the little cutie eggs... Perfectly done...
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  5. very nice idea dear.. lovely presentation too :)

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  6. Creative Idea ......Me drooling here ...Great work Priya :)
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    Today's Recipe
    Egg Fried Rice

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  7. wowww very nice idea priya,looks awesome...

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  8. Even i bookmarked those easter eggs to make some, you have done prefectly and that chocolate nest is simply mindblowing;

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  9. Yumm.. cant wait for kavin to grow up, so I could make easter eggs for him (for me :))

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  10. AMAZING!! and BEAUTIFUL too! You are such a wonderful chef, Priya! :)

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  15. Looks wonderful! We're a bit past Easter now, but this would be great for another occasion.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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  16. Wonderful cookery blog you have here. Lovely photos to complement your recipe. Liked your DP in MAdisar. Gives a cultural identity in a multicultural world:)

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  17. Hope it is not too late to wish you Happy Easter, Priya! Those treats look delicious, I bet your lil one had a fab time:-)

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  18. These are such cute Easter eggs. Looks delicious as well.

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