Easter is always one of those things that creeps up on you before you know it, and this year it's super early so I thought I'd prepare early by sharing my easy and cheap baking ideas - perfect for keeping yourself or little ones busy over the Easter break!
This is an expansion on the classic Easter nests, but supersized and slightly more decorative.
You will need an assortment of icing, chocolate, shredded wheat and a biscuit base of your choice (I always use the BBC Good Food iced biscuit one if you're interested!).
I got my Easter Egg cookie cutter in a big bag of cutters from Asda - I think it was something ridiculously cheap for 20 or so cutters, so I'll never be stuck for shapes!
I find with baking that you really don't need to use expensive ingredients, and this recipe goes really far and works out really cheap if you buy own brand!
Mix your dough and roll out to about 5mm thick.
Cut out your eggs! The recipe I used ALWAYS gets about two trays worth of cookies!
Bake for 15 mins in the oven until golden and leave to cool.
In a separate bowl, smush up your shredded wheat! I used 8 biscuits.
Melt the chocolate and stir into the bowl with the shredded wheat. I used a bowl covered in clingfilm to shape the nest - remember to put this in the fridge or it won't set!
Whilst the nest is setting in the fridge, decorate your egg cookies! I used fondant icing to form the base, and icing tubes to decorate. I find fondant icing sticks to the cookies better if you create a paste from water and icing sugar.
Tada! This creates a perfect table piece for Easter dinner or for kids to enjoy!
I'd love to know if you give this a go, and what you usually bake for Easter - tweet me!
This post was written in collaboration with Provident’s Budget Trips and Easter Tips calendar - check out all the other ideas from other bloggers there too :)