Easter Nest Cups with Mini Egg Cheesecake Dip

Easter is nearly here! The run up to Easter always means several things to me: it means that summer isn’t too far away, that the sun might start to appear and it brings the anticipation of being able to complete whatever challenge I’ve set myself in Lent. Easter is also a very child-like holiday, we are encouraged to eat sweets and chocolate, celebrate new life (spiritually or otherwise) and there is the expectation that comes from the fact that if we have ‘behaved ourselves’ over lent, we can splurge at Easter! This recipe takes a classic kids Easter recipe (Easter Nests) and puts a little twist on it for kids or grown ups.

Easter Nests With A Twist
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooling time: 1 hour plus

Ingredients
150g Shredded Wheat/ Plain cereal of your choice
300g Milk or Dark chocolate (I prefer dark)
50g Butter
225g Cream Cheese
170g Butter
2 tbsp Light brown sugar
250g Icing sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
170g Mini Eggs
Mini Eggs to decorate

Method

1. Crush the shredded wheat/ cereal into small bits, using a spoon or just crushing between your fingers. Melt the chocolate and butter together, make sure the mixture is fully melted and combined, then add to the shredded wheat. Stir until all the cereal is coated in chocolate.
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2. Place 12 cupcake cases into a cupcake tray and divide the chocolate/ cereal mixture evenly between the 12 cupcake cases. Shape each nest into a cup by pressing down with a teaspoon into the middle of each case. Push the mixture up the sides of the cases with the back of the teaspoon.
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3. Place in the fridge to set.

4. Whilst the nests are cooling, make the cheesecake dip. First, beat the cream cheese and butter until fully combined. Then, add the sugars and essence and mix until combined. Finally, crush the bag of mini eggs and stir the crushed pieces into the mix.
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5. Put in a bowl to set up a little in the fridge (preferably an hour or so)

6. Take the prepared chocolate nests out of the fridge and spoon a dollop of cheesecake mix into the centre of each one. Place a mini egg on top of each one and serve.
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Handy Hints

Cereal- Make sure that this is fully coated with the chocolate mix, and isn’t in too large chunks.
Mini Eggs- In order to crush these, I’ve found the best method is to double bag them and beat with a rolling pin. They are quite tricky to break, so make sure you’ve got them all!