There really is so much you can do with chocolate. But did you know you can use vermicelli noodles to create a magnificent little chocolate Easter basket?
Grace Stevens shared this recipe with me and it creates the pretties little basket ever. You can create these baskets to sit on top of your Easter cake, use them as place settings or table decor – there are so many possibilities.
This isn’t a recipe you make in a hurry though. You need a little time and patience, so give yourself enough time.
Vermicelli Rice Noodles: These are generally also very fine noodles made of ground rice, they are primarily used in Asian cooking but they are also gluten free so I cook them every now and then. You will find them in your local Asian super market. They don’t need as long too cook as normal pasta, in fact if you cook them too long they become stodgy and not pleasant to eat.
Chocolate: We get all our chocolate for baking from Unwrapped but you can use any chocolate as long as it can be easily melted. You probably aren’t going to eat these baskets so I would use the cheapest, but best quality chocolate you can find.
Speckled Eggs: I love speckled eggs but they are super pricey. Cadbury’s has little eggs you can buy that aren’t too badly priced and they are a little bigger than the traditional specked eggs so you will need less in the little nest.
Chocolate Vermicelli Nests
- 150 g melted dark chocolate
- 100 g vermicelli rice noodles
- oil for frying
- Speckled eggs to decorate
- Prepare a shallow bowl with kitchen towel for the fried noodles.
- Line a small ‘nest’ shaped bowl with clingfilm
- Heat the oil to 180ºC . When you put a small piece of bread in the oil, it should bubble around the bread if it’s up to temperature.
- Break the noodles into smaller pieces, loosening the strands, so they are not together.
- Place small amounts of noodles into the hot oil and fry for about 15 to 20 seconds at a time. The noodles will puff up. Remove from oil and place in the bowl lined with kitchen towel.
- When all the noodles have been fried off, allow them to cool for a few minutes.
- Cover the noodles in melted chocolate and coat well.
- Place the covered noodles in the prepared bowl and spread them out to resemble a nest.
- Allow to set for at least 30 minutes, before unmolding.
- The nests keep in an airtight container for up to a week and make a yummy treat if you make smaller ones.
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