I've been itching to do some Easter themed baking for a while now but what with Mother's day and getting ready for going away on holiday (last day of work's tomorrow!) there's always been something else I should be doing considering I'm in Egypt for Easter. That the something else is shopping for bikinis is by the by.
However, these bake-free beauties are super easy to make and really delicious owing to their salted pretzel meets gooey chocolate goodness. That Dan who 'just isn't a sweet person' (I think people that call themselves not sweet people are really secret eaters) has been taking them to work for lunch and having one at home with a cup of tea, then after tea speaks volumes. These salty sweety goods are worth spending a mere 45 mins time on (from melting to eating).
Chocolate Pretzel Nests
200g cooking milk chocolate
2tbsps golden syrup
100g pretzel sticks
As many mini eggs you can eat in one sitting plus extra to top the nests
Step 1. Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a pan on a low heat stirring constantly. If you don't feel confident melting chocolate on direct heat feel free to do it in a bowl above a pan of boiling water.
Step 2. Break the pretzel sticks into halfs or thirds and place in a bowl, I used a mix of both as I think it gives a more realistic nest appearance. Pour the chocolate mix into the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until all the pretzel sticks are smothered in the mix.
Step 3. I made 16 nests with this mix, although you could probably get 18-20 out of it if you don't eat as much mix as I did. Line a cupcake tray with paper liners and spoon a tbsp and a half of the pretzel mix into each liner. Be prepared to get your hands messy at this stage as you arrange the mix into a more nest like shape.
Step 4. Add the mini eggs on top of the nests and push down so that when the nests have set they're not going to roll off. Place the tray in the fridge and leave for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the nests to set.
These are a super easy treat for easter and a nice take on the chocolate cornflake nests of childhood.