I’m still trying to recover from the disappointment of my failed natural Easter egg experiment. I had been counting on using these unique and beautifully colored hard-boiled eggs to decorate our Easter table at 1840 Farm. That was, until I removed the eggs from their naturally colored liquids and found dreary, gloomy eggs staring back at me.
Those eggs made a fine egg salad for lunch, but were not going to make a fine centerpiece for our Easter table. It was time for me to get creative and come up with something fast. I knew that I could call in other Easter items for decorating. Bunnies and carrots are lovely and speak to my love of spring and gardening as well as my affection for our French Angora rabbit, Herbert Menninger. For this chicken keeper, only an egg would do to announce that Easter and spring had finally arrived at 1840 Farm.
Using a spoon, I placed about one tablespoon of the melted chocolate in the pinch bowl and slowly swirled the bowl to coat. I then turned the bowl upside down over the container of melted chocolate and allowed some of it to drip back down into the bowl. I didn’t want the excess chocolate to gather at the bottom of my nest as it was setting up. Removing the extra chocolate left me with a nest, with the concave bottom surface I was looking for.
Next, I decided to try a white chocolate version of the coconut nest. My son prefers white chocolate to dark, and I knew that he would love to have a little white chocolate nest with candy eggs marking his place at our Easter table. I followed the same procedure as before to melt the chocolate and apply the initial coating of chocolate to the bowl. As the white chocolate layer chilled in the freezer, I added coconut to the remaining melted white chocolate until I had a fully coated mixture that was dry enough to resemble hay. Again, I spooned the coconut into the bowl and pressed it into shape with my fingers before giving all four nests a final chill in the freezer.
I set all four nests on a plate and placed three candy-coated chocolate eggs in each. They were remarkably nestlike in appearance, with just enough whimsy to appeal to my children when they come to the Easter table. It seemed like the perfect way to welcome our guests to the table at 1840 Farm on Easter Sunday.
I preferred the appearance of the coconut version, but the sprinkle variety will be sure to make an appearance on the table as well. At least one person at our table doesn’t care for coconut, so I’ll be proud to serve him a nest decorated with sprinkles. I’m sure he’ll be happy to see that his little chocolate treat is coconut free.
Now I’m off to finish cleaning up the melted chocolate that remains on the kitchen counter. The sprinkles and coconut will be put away until Saturday, when I will begin creating chocolate nests for our Easter Sunday celebration. I will look forward to seeing the little nests atop each plate. They will serve as another reminder of how important both spring and our hens’ beautiful eggs are to the three generations living here at 1840 Farm. Until then, it looks like my son is in luck. There are four little chocolate nests in the kitchen just waiting for someone to eat them.