Rem and I made these cute little nests last night. I wanted to do a sweet treat for Easter and I wanted it to be easy. I didn’t have the time or energy for these (real egg shells, dyed and filled with candy).
I found many different recipes for nests. You have the nest material (variations include slivered almonds, shredded wheat cereal, coconut or these crispy chow mein noodles) and the sticky stuff to glue it together (melted white chocolate or butterscotch chips, melted semi-sweet chocolate chips, or this marshmallow mixture) and of course the eggs inside the nest. I chose malted milk eggs but jelly beans would be great too.
The recipe that caught my eye, from FOLK magazine, used marshmallows and butter, much like Rice Krispy Treats, but added some peanut butter. That sounded like a good combo.
Most recipes give the amounts in measuring cups. In this case, when I followed the recipe the first time I ended up with partial bags of marshmallows and chow mein noodles, things I’m not likely to use up in another recipe very quickly. I decided to try adapting the recipe slightly to just use whole bags of these items.
Rem did some research for the project and found most bags of marshmallows are 10 oz. but Safeway brand mini marshmallows have 10.5 oz. in a bag. Similarly, the chow mein noodles by Safeway are in a 6 oz. bag and the La Choy brand chow mein noodles are in a 5 oz. can, so for a recipe like this, I think you can get the slightly larger or slightly smaller size package and make it work.
Easter Birds Nests
Yield: About 18 Nests
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 (10 or 10.5 oz. ) bag mini or regular marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 bags or cans (5 or 6 oz. each) crispy chow mein noodles
ice cream scoop (optional)
Put the butter, peanut butter and marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds. Stir mixture then microwave as needed in short bursts of about 20 seconds each, stirring after each time, until the mixture is smooth and combined.
Add vanilla and stir until combined.
Stir in chow mein noodles.
Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray. Spray hands with nonstick spray.
Portion chow mein mixture into muffin tin, grabbing a loose ball of noodles, a little larger than a golf ball and dropping it into each space in the muffin tin. You may need to spritz your fingers with more nonstick spray. The mixture is very sticky.
Spray the back of the ice cream scoop or soup spoon with nonstick spray and press the mixture into the muffin cup to form nests.
I think the nests look best when they are somewhat irregular and not too perfect.
If you don’t have muffin tins (or don’t have enough for your mixture) you can shape the nests on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
It’s ok if you hear some crunching of noodles. You want to find that place where you have a nest shape that isn’t too compact and neat, but not so loose and free-form that it will fall apart.
Set the nests into the refrigerator to set. Once they’re firm, add the candy eggs.
Store them in a cookie tin with some wax paper so they don’t stick together. Or put them in individual cellophane bags.
If I was hosting a sit-down Easter Brunch or dinner, I would add names on little tags and slide them on the ribbons with these cute, edible nests for place tags.
Happy, Hoppy Easter to you. Thanks for the visit.