Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chocolate Macaroon Egg Nests | Baking


A few weeks ago, I was in a chocolate shop called the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory with a friend, and she spotted some adorable chocolate coconut egg nests. We immediately asked the cashier for the price, wanting to buy the yummy-looking treats, but unfortunately they cost over $5 each (if I remember correctly). Now I'm sure that it would be worth the price, but we decided that we could figure out how to make our own, and have a fun baking day later that week!

My friend first suggested adding shredded coconut to melted chocolate and hardening it, but we quickly realized that that would form a very hard nest, and we wanted a softer nest. From there, we thought about what kind of a chocolate cookie is full of coconut. And then we realized... macaroons. (Not to be confused with french macarons... I made those here, though)

... And so we searched the internet for a good chocolate macaroon recipe, and got going!

(Sidenote: after making the nests, we went on Pinterest and saw similar cookies everywhere... turns out we're not as original as we thought :p)


We chose to use this chocolate macaroon recipe from Smitten Kitchen, and we modified it a good amount to make it work better for us. Here is the recipe we made with our modifications:

Makes 10 nests
Takes about 40 minutes start to finish

Ingredients:
  • about 57 grams of milk chocolate (Lindt brand bar is great)
  • 200 grams of shredded coconut
  • 55 grams of granulated or cane sugar
  • 15 grams of cocoa powder
  • 2 egg whites (We took the 2 smallest large eggs and then spooned out about 2 tbsp of the whites)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of vanilla powder stuff
  • 2 tiny packs of mini eggs (about 40 grams each, I think?)
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven for 165ºc and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Put half of the chocolate chunks in a little jar, and put the jar in a little pot of near boiling water. Stir the chocolate with a skewer until it's all melted, then remove from the heat and mix in the rest of the chunks until melted.
  3. In a mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine the coconut, sugar and cocoa powder. The mixture should just look like brown coconut flakes.
  4. Add the egg whites, salt and vanilla, and stir until well combined.
  5. Add the melted chocolate to the mix and combine well.
  6. Carefully little balls of the mixture into nest on the lined baking sheet. This is time consuming, but it's worth it. Make sure to build the edges to be strong so that the nests won't fall apart.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 17 minutes
  8. Let the macaroons cool for a bit
  9. Put three mini eggs in each nest



Overall, these nests are a quick and easy spring/easter treat, and they're super cute and photo-ready! They're perfect for a makeshift desert or fun baking activity. Have you ever made chocolate nests?

2 comments :

  1. These look amazing and so tasty, do you think they would last if you send them in the post?

    Meme xx

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    1. Hi, Meme! I think it would depend on how far you're sending them/how long they'll be in the post. If it's just a few days in an airtight container, I think it should be fine. Just try to make the nests as stable and solid as possible to they don't crack apart! As for the mini eggs, I'd recommend attaching them to the nests with a dab of melted chocolate so that when the chocolate hardens, they'll be stuck in place. Good luck!

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