The lead up to Easter is the best. Sneaky Creme Eggs, £1 daffodils, fresh blue skies, the knowledge that a phat roast is coming your way and of course the baking.
When I was a nipper, me and my chums would rustle up Easter nests as our ultimate sleepover snack. Y’know a whole box of cornflakes smooshed together with about a gallon of molten chocolate topped with mini eggs. We would gobble them through the night whilst making prank calls and creating Bebo flash boxes, aaaah the good old days.
I fancied an afternoon of pre-easter baking with this Spotify playlist cranked up to the max. I wanted to create something a little different, after a bit of research I decided on making the coconut macaroon nests with a pool of caramel sauce in the center and a few mini eggs on top (would be rude not to)
They are pretty sweet but the perfect afternoon treat to nibble alongside a cuppa T.
You will need;
1 packet of flaked / decicated coconut
1/3 cup caster sugar
6 tablespoons GF plain flour
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 pinch of sea salt
3 free range egg whites
Salted caramel sauce (recipe here) or just buy your own teehee
Pre-heat your oven gass mark 6 and prepare a tray with baking parchment.
Mix up all the dry ingredients and almond extract in a bowl (coconut, sugar, flour) pop aside. Crack those eggs and beat the egg whites till they form soft peaks, gwaaarrrn put in that elbow grease! Gradually fold the coconut mixture in with the eggs.
Once combined, start rolling the mixture into medium sized balls between your palms, pop on the tray and squish to flatten them out a little. Stick in the oven and bake for around 10 minutes before opening the oven and making a little well with a spoon.
Start making your caramel sauce.
Once your nests are golden, remove nests from the oven and leave to cool.
pour or spoon in your caramel sauce and stick some mini eggs on top, boil the kettle, make a cuppa and voila!
Share with your pals/housemates/colleagues/fam, they will love it.
These mini chicks are now dotted errrywhere around the flat hehe