Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Easter Nests - Random Recipe 3

When Dom set this month's Random Recipe Challenge to cook something out of the first cookbook we ever owned, I was quite excited. I remembered the book well, but haven't looked at it for more years than I care to remember. It resides at my Mother's along with many of my old books, so I couldn't get my hands on it immediately. Finally, I got it. My learn to cook book: a children's book for the kitchen by Ursula Sedgwick. On the inside cover, an inscription which reminded me it was given to me for Christmas when I was eight years old by my Great Aunt Doris and Uncle Alf, both still alive in their 90s. Leafing through it, I was amazed at what a good book it was and that I had made pretty much everything in it. Having just had problems making my own marzipan with the Battenberg I made a couple of days ago, it made me laugh to see a recipe for Marzipan Dates which included making your own marzipan. And, I remember doing it. At the back of the book, it has a really useful table showing how many tablespoons of various ingredients weigh an ounce and the fact that 3 halfpennies weigh 1/2 an ounce. Half pennies? I'm not sure I can still remember them.


My slight concern that there might not be any chocolate recipes in the book was immediately banished; it did seem rather unlikely that a children's cookbook, even from the 70s, would fail to include any chocolate recipes. It contained three: chocolate mousse, crispy crackolates and chocolate drops. Crispy Crackolates it was. They would be just perfect for Easter as little nests that I could drop some eggs into. Easter eggs for CT sorted - hee hee!
  • Melted 1oz unsalted butter in a pan with 1oz unbleached granulated sugar and 1 tbsp golden syrup.
  • Mixed in 1oz cocoa.
  • Added 1oz cornflakes and stirred until all covered with chocolate mixture.
  • Spooned into 5 piles and tried to form them into some semblance of a nest.
  • Left to set, then placed a few sugar coated chocolate eggs in the middle.
The nests worked really well, very chocolatey and not too sweet but slightly sticky. The stickiness was advantageous as it helped the eggs to stay put in the nest.

Thank you Dom for reuniting me with such an old friend and for allowing me to make such a quick and easy recipe.

34 comments:

  1. I've just dug out my first cookbook for the same challenge. I got mine a lot later, as I wasn't really interested in cooking until I went to art college and had to cook for myself.

    These nests look rather naughty. Mmmmmm :P

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  2. Wow..beautiful and delicious looking nests...

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  3. Ooh lovely. I love a cornflake cake.

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  4. Cornflake cakes are possibly the best cakes ever! Fact!

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  5. I love that you managed to customise your recipe for Easter. And everyone loves a crispy cornflake cake.

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  6. Jac - I didn't know you were an artist. Leaving home seems to have been the impetus for most of the people I know to start cooking.

    Suman - so easy and so very moreish ;-)

    Kath - you have a bit more of an excuse to make them than me ;-)

    MCB - yes, am fast coming to that opinion myself.

    PDNFTA - I really enjoyed this challenge. It was great to make something so easy that looked quite good and tasted delicious.

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  7. I love this post C it brilliantly sums up this challenge... and I love the fact that you adapted the recipe to the Easter theme, excellent work!

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  8. OMG - I can't believe that is your first cookbook. I have that book and I was given it by my Great Aunt Kate! I love the illustrations and it has a really unique and delicious smell. I blogged about it in October 2007 HERE

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  9. Guess what, Choclette (and Janice) ... it was my first cookbook too, also a gift from my aunt and uncle when I was at Junior School. Sadly mine was not inscribed, but very thumbed. Such distinctive 60's style illustrations with the cat and dog on almost every page. I remember making the Croque Monsieur and Knickerbocker Glories. It still resides on my shelf but it is a long time since I opened it. When I was looking for a choc nest recipe last year it never occurred to me to look there.

    I guess we are all roughly the same age! Just off to see what Janice made in 2007!

    hopeeternal
    'Meanderings through my Cookbook'

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  10. Dom - thanks for giving me the excuse.

    Janice & HopeEternal - glad you both enjoyed the book as much as I did. I've never come across anyone else whose had this book before. Funny they were all given by aunts & uncles rather than parents.

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  11. Those Easter Nests look so cute!

    Maria
    x

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  12. Hello! I am glad you found my blog as now I can follow you back for some new recipes.

    Now I am following you!
    I hope you had a lovely Easter!
    Barbaraxx

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  13. Love hearing about your first cookbook and rekindling the memories with chocolate and cornflakes ;-) Gorgeous sticky nests!

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  14. Ooh -- what I would do to have one of those edible nests on one of my trees :))
    Really sweet presentation!

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  15. Veena - thank you

    Maria - thank you, they certainly bring back childhood memories

    Cucina di Barbara - thank you for following. Had a lovely Easter thank you. Hoping you did too.

    Jill - yes, it was great to have an excuse to play ;-)

    Now Serving - thank you and thanks for following

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  16. great post - love hearing about others childhood cookbooks - sounds like you got the bug early - how funny that you made your own marzipan as a child - I learnt that it came from a packet - those nests look great for easter - must remember them next year

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  17. Lovely! I wish I had been able to get my hands on my first cookbook, I think that would have been pretty similar to yours ;0)
    Love the Easter Nests.

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  18. A number of people here seemed to have gotten this book as a child, I'm starting to think I had a deprived childhood! Fortunately, I became interested in kitchen activities only after marriage so that softened the tragedy... With your crackolates recipe, I can finally manage closure, I think. Your nests with the eggies look superb, by the way!

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  19. Johanna - Thank you. We pretty much lived in the kitchen, so it was hard not to get involved. But yes, I've loved cooking for as long as I can remember.

    Chele - yes, when you talked about a cat and a dog, I wondered if it was the same one.

    Foodiva - Glad you managed to quickly get over the feeling of deprivation ;-)

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  20. Choclette and I really love these easter nests! delicious! gloria

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  21. What a great challenge. I'm not sure my mum still has my first cookbook but the pictures looked like your first one.... I might have to go hunting!

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  22. Gloria - it was fun making these after so many years.

    CityHippy - do see if you can track it down. It might be fun using it with the monkeys.

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  23. How cooooll! This was my first cookbook too and I would never have been able to track it down without your help! Thanks!

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  24. I realise that this is almost a year after the last post in this thread - but I had to comment!

    I was craving some fruit cake the other day - most unusual, as I'm not known for my sweet tooth! I remembered the recipe for a fruit cake in My Fun to Cook Book, which was definitely the catalyst for my love of cooking and baking! It never failed, and was a family favourite. One time, my mother's friend who kept ducks gave me a duck egg, and I used it in this recipe to make the yellowest and best-tasting version yet! Although it wasn't rich, a small slice went a long way, and if it got a bit dry, it was lovely to have a bit of butter on a slice - often got that in my school lunch-box!

    I still have that book - and the very tin I used to use as a kid - so I'm off to make another of those fruit cakes, 21st century style, and will report back! Yum!

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    1. Hi Susan,

      I saw this post when I was searching for this recipe. I had the same book, and the fruit cake recipe was foolproof, and definitely my favourite from the book. Sadly, I can no longer find my book - do you know if that recipe is available anywhere? Thanks!

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  25. hi I used to have Ursula sedgwick's learn to cook book as a child and have been trying to remember if there is an amazingly goood recipe for ginger nuts/cookies/biscuits??? or if im thinking of another book. If so is there any chance you could put the recipe up here??? thanks

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    1. I'm pretty sure there is a recipe in it for gingerbread men at least. The book resides with my mother, so I will try and remember to look it up next time I've over. My memory is pretty scratch though.

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  26. This is a great recipe! I usually just melt cooking chocolate and add cornflakes but they seem to fall apart easily! Maybe adding the golden syrup will help! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Tracy. Golden syrup will definitely help along with a bit of butter.

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  27. Yummy sometimes the simplest things are the best. Bringing back great childhood memories x

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  28. Micky Ricketts5 March 2013 11:18

    Looking forward to trying this receipe, looks yum!

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  29. Thanks for this simple recipe, added this for Me and Grace's (who is 4) 'Easter' bake day next week

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  30. I make these but I modified it into my own recipe last year! Shredded Wheat with chocolate and mini marshmellows! They look so realistic with the Shredded Wheat! It's brilliant! ALMOST EASTER! xxx

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