~ Chocolate eggs filled with salted caramel
Continuing with my salted caramel obsession, I had to try putting this delicious filling inside Easter eggs! I made the caramel as per the Salted Dulce de Leche that I have referenced twice already - here and here! David Lebovitz's method is my favourite and you can find here.
While the caramel is cooking, prepare the hollow part of the eggs with melted chocolate. I like to use a combination of milk and dark and use the best chocolate I can afford/what is on special...I'm not sure it makes a difference to using chocolate melts, but I personally prefer the taste so use a nice chocolate where possible.
Once the caramel is cold, fill the hollow chocolate eggs with a drop of caramel and then covered it with more melted chocolate.
Once the chocolate has set, join the 2 halves together with some more melted chocolate. On my first try, I had too much mixture, so the egg didn't join as nicely, so keep the mixture nice and flat for an even join.
First attempt at joining:
A delicious cross section of chocolate and salted caramel....yum!!!!
~ Freckle eggs
We first made solid eggs by making two solid halves, setting them, then joining them together with more melted chocolate. Then you can either paint or dip the whole egg in melted chocolate and then toss it in 100s and 1000s. The kids used their hands (of course!!!) and liked to dip the whole egg in - you can see their deliciously messy results below. The paint brush technique was more my style! ;-)
Now, for the kids turn - let the fun and mess begin!!!!
As you can see, the kids enjoyed getting their hands dirty!!! Thank goodness for Claire tidying up along the way all day otherwise my house would have been even more of a barnyard at the end of this cooking adventure! Of course, the kids enjoyed licking the spoons and their hands most of all. It was surprising that although they were surrounded by so much chocolate all day, they didn't really eat that much...luckily!
I also made some versions of these eggs that were hollow in the middle which were slightly more fragile, but delicious!!!
We made some dark varieties for gift recipients who are dark chocolate lovers and later this week I am making a special batch of white chocolate eggs for my husband.
~ Chocolate & Peanut Butter Easter Birds Nests. Filled with mini birds eggs and mini chicks from Big W. This was the most fun and easy for the kids to do. I made these last year with my then 2 year old and he loved it and it was so simple and cute so thought we'd do it again. I got the idea and directions from the fabulous Planning Queen Nicole - you can see her post and recipe/directions here. It was actually after I'd made these and emailed photos to Nic that I first "chatted" with her. She is one lovely lady and provides me with endless inspiration! Being a bit more slap dash, I don't mold the nests in a bowl, but dollop large spoonfuls on to baking paper and then arrange in to a nest shape.
~ Maple Muesli - recipe on my blog here packaged up in recylced jars with material scraps and twine on top.
~ Cards & tags made at home on publisher, one zig at a time ;-) and bagged in to cheap but sturdy brown paper bags. I think you should be able to use the picture below as a little Easter gift tag of your own - punch a little hole in it and thread through some twine and you are set.
Happy Easter! I hope it's a safe and happy and healthy and fun weekend with your loved ones.
Love Amy xoxo