Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, April 8, 2012

easter egg coconut nests

one of my favorite Easter sweets has to be chocolate coconut Easter egg nests.  several well-known candy makers sell these during the springtime every year.  i have found a very good recipe that makes 36 of these nests for a fraction of the cost of store bought candy.

to make the chocolate Easter nests, melt 10 ounces of chocolate over a double boiler, and when melted, stir in one bag or 5 ounces of shredded coconut. i use the standard unsweetened coconut found in the market. i have also used chocolate candy melts at times, and these work equally as well in the recipe.

mix to make certain the chocolate covers all of the coconut shreds. next, using a teaspoon, form Easter egg nests on waxed paper.  when formed, add two jelly belly smaller size jelly beans for the egg decorations.  allow the nests to harden before removing from the waxed paper. this make take an hour or more.

this recipe is a classic that can be used for easter baskets, candy displays, or to share with children. 

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