#100bakeschallenge: Rice Crispie Cakes

Well these strictly aren’t Rice Crispie cakes, as there isn’t a single Rice Krispie in them. But allow me to bend the rules slightly as I wanted to make some Chocolate Easter Nests but you don’t make them with Rice Krispies. Cornflakes or Shredded Wheat.

I noticed the wording on my #100bakeschallenge poster (see Crumbs By Collette) says Rice Crispie Cakes, but I thought I’d still scratch off a challenge. 21/100 done now!

It was also a massive excuse to use some of the giant box of Cornflakes I had in the cupboard. I don’t eat cereal for breakfast any more (only porridge and occasionally Weetabix) as I find I’ll be absolutely starving an hour later. The Cornflakes had to be used up. Although I tell a lie. If there was a box of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes or Frosties in the house, that would be a different story. That’s exactly why I don’t buy them.

You can’t have Easter without Chocolate Easter Nests! I don’t think I got round to making any last year but both my grown up children love them. Years gone by they’d be stood there in the kitchen next to me making them. My son is due home from uni anytime sometime today and my daughter is off work so I thought why not treat my two to a childhood favourite?

I guess you will already have your own recipes for this Easter classic but here’s the quantities I use for my nests:

  • 300g plain or milk chocolate (whatever you prefer)
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g cornflakes
  • 2 x 80g bags Mini Eggs (don’t have to be Cadburys)

You’ll need 12 paper cake cases and a bun tin. The bun tin isn’t strictly necessary but I use it to keep the cases in shape!

Simply melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup together in a microwaveable bowl. I do this in the microwave in 20 second bursts so I don’t overdo it!

Tip the cornflakes into the melted chocolate mixture and stir carefully to make the chocolate completely cover the cornflakes.

Spoon into the 12 cases and put three mini eggs on top.

Leave in the tins and put straight into the fridge to set.

What I want to know is this: what is it with sweet and chocolate manufacturers? Why do you put an uneven number of colours in your bags of treats? You can bet your boots if I needed loads of yellow Mini Eggs, there wouldn’t be many in the pack. With this batch, there were loads of white and yellow and hardly any pink ones! I try to put three different colours on the top, it makes them look better. I know they taste the same but it looks wrong! Grr, rant over!

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

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