For children, the school holidays are a time of magic: a time of late nights, scraped knees and baking. There’s nothing that reminds me more of childhood baking that the rice-krispie cake.
So when the rain poured down yesterday, we girls got out the mixing bowls, and made some Quick Donut Cereal Crispie Nests. I recently saw a post on Maison Cupcake’s site that made me think I could use doughnut moulds to make these nests.
Rather than using Rice Krispies, we opted to used Malted Wheat Squares- the supermarket own equivalent of Shreddies- which when crushed look much more like twiggy nests than the more pebble-shaped krispies, although any breakfast cereal should do the job.
- 2 Mars Bars (I think that this is a Milky Way Bar in the US)
- 25g butter
- 1 tbsp Golden Syrup
- 1.5 cups cereal
- Egg confectionery to decorate
- Put the chopped Mars Bars, butter and syrup in a pan and melt together over a gentle heat.
- Crush the cereal in a bowl (if using smaller, less square cereal, you won;t need to do this!)
- The nougat in the Mars Bar will stay a bit lumpy, but don't worry, beat the chocolate mix firmly then tip into the bowl with the cereal.
- Mix well so that all the cereal is coated.
- Put spoonfuls of mix into greased donut-shaped cake tin holes and press down firmly.
- Put in the fridge until chilled.
- There is a little challenge in extracting the cakes from the tin: I found the key is greasing with cake-bakers greasing spray, and a small plastic knife to persuade it.
- Tip each donut over, and you have your nest. Fill with chocolate eggs (you could stick in place with melted chocolate.