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Photo: Marina Oliphant

Hazelnut chocolate nests
This is a really simple and tasty way to dress up those shop-bought chocolate eggs. You can also have fun with the kids decorating the pattypan liners or making little baskets for the nests.


100g pitted prunes, finely chopped
200g quality dark chocolate
50g unsalted butter
150g Nutella spread
2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
120g shredded wheat cereal, loosened and gently crumbled
50g hazelnuts, chopped
36 small pattypan liners or little paper baskets
36 small chocolate eggs
Gold leaf (optional)


1. In a small pot, boil the prunes in a little water for about two minutes or until soft and mushy.

2. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water, without stirring. Add the butter, leave a minute to melt, then mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and stir through the prunes, Nutella and cocoa powder, combining well.

3. Add the shredded wheat and hazelnuts to the chocolate mix and combine well, being careful not to break the wheat up too much.

4. Spoon tablespoon-size dollops into the pattypan papers. While still soft, press the eggs into each nest. Leave to set for one hour, then garnish with gold leaf (if using).


Makes 36