“There’s a change in the air, you can smell it. Fresh growth is sprouting under the weak sunshine and the birds in the garden are busy collecting nesting materials. The domestic birds: Verity, Scootaloo, Meg and Moriarty, can feel it too and laying is in full swing. Visitors are compelled to leave with half a dozen eggs whether they like it or not.”
This is an extract from one of my early posts. Sadly all of these hens are long since deceased. They are ‘ex-chickens’, who have shuffled off this mortal coil and ceased to be.* Sadly we no longer keep hens at all; the garden of Crumb Villa is just too small. I do miss them though. The main bird life around here is enormous crows, and seagulls. We don’t live anywhere near the coast, but every morning they wake me up at 5 am shouting “Bleurgh”, or making noises that sound like hysterical crying.
We may not have any fresh eggs to offer visitors anymore, but with Easter over, it’s a good time to buy chocolate eggs at a reduced price and make these yummy bird’s nest biscuits instead. You probably already have recipes for shortbread and chocolate crispy cakes, so go rootle them out and gather the ingredients. You will also need a bag of marshmallows (the proper ones, not Flumps) and about 200g of chocolate mini eggs.
Birds Nest Biscuits
- A batch of round shortbread bicuits (I used about 10, with some left over). You could use ready made ones if you like.
- A batch of chocolate cornflake or rice crispy cake mix
- Chocolate mini eggs
Bake the shortbread until pale gold in colour (unless you are using store bought). Cut some marshmallows in half and put half a mallow on each biscuit. Pop them back in the oven for a couple of minutes until the mallow has melted slightly (if using store bought, preheat the oven to a medium high temperature for this step). Transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
Prepare the chocolate cornflake mix. Put a large spoonful of mixture on top of each biscuit, covering the marshmallow. Press three chocolate eggs on top of each one and leave till the chocolate has set.
Don’t do what I did, and try to melt all of the marshmallows at once in a saucepan. You will never get the resulting sticky mess as far as the biscuits; have you ever read the story of Brer Rabbit and the tar baby? Need I say more!
*Search for ‘The Parrot Sketch’ by Monty Python’s Flying Circus on YouTube